Thompson pleads guilty in crash
A South Hill man charged in a multi-vehicle accident in South Hill in August has entered guilty pleas to DWI-Maiming and Possession of a Schedule 1 or 2 drug before Judge Charles McCormick in the Mecklenburg Circuit Court on Thursday.
Commonwealth Attorney Allen Nash told the court that had the trial taken place, the evidence would have shown that on the evening of Friday, August 25 of last year a Dodge Durango driven by Thompson crashed into the rear of a Chevy truck driven by Harmon Edmonds of La Crosse. The force of the impact drove the Edmonds vehicle into and under the trailer of an 18-wheeler.
Firefighters with the South Hill Volunteer Fire Department were able to free Harmon and Mary from the wreckage and the couple was transported to VCU-Community Memorial Hospital for treatment of their injuries. Although Harmon Edmonds’ injuries were said to be minor, Nash told the court that Mary Nash had serious injuries and despite several surgeries, glass remains in her arm.
Witnesses said that Thompson appeared to be under the influence after the accident and a blood sample taken at the hospital showed various prescription and non-prescription drugs in his system. A search of his vehicle turned up three syringes, which, on testing, showed traces of narcotics.
Thompson was charged with DWI-Maiming, Possession of a Schedule 1 or 2 substance, possession of paraphernalia and failure to appear.
In a plea deal worked out between the Commonwealth and Defense Attorney Buddy Ward, Thompson entered Alford Pleas to the charges of DWI-Maiming and Possession of a Schedule 1 or 2 substance. The other charges were nolle prossed.
Judge McCormick accepted the pleas and ordered a pre-sentence report returnable before the final sentence is handed down on July 24.
Thompson could get up to 15 years on the two charges.