On Saturday, June 30th, at approximately 3:49 PM, Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a call at 17 Hazelnut Circle in rural Mountain Home reporting that a vehicle had crashed into a house. Upon arrival, Sheriff’s Corporal Eddie Elliott observed a large hole on the South side of the house where a blue van had crashed through the house and was stopped inside the garage.
Persons on scene pointed out to Corporal Elliott who the driver of the van was, and Corporal Elliott approached and made contact with this person. He was identified as ALEXANDER V. PETERSON, 36 years old, of the Gassville area.
PETERSON appeared to be intoxicated, and Corporal Elliott administered a series of field sobriety tests. PETERSON was subsequently placed under arrest for Driving While Intoxicated and other charges.
The home sustained heavy damage, but fortunately there were no injuries reported. ALEXANDER PETERSON was transported to the Detention Center. He refused to take a breathalyzer test, and he was subsequently incarcerated and charged with:
Criminal Mischief in the Second Degree – Felony
Driving While Intoxicated – Misdemeanor
Driving While License Suspended – Misdemeanor
Refusal to take Intoxication Test (Breath Test) – Misdemeanor
Non-payment of fines (warrant) – Misdemeanor
Body Attachment, Child Support Non-Payment, Civil Order
PETERSON remains in custody in lieu of $10,000 bond on the criminal charges and $2,000 bond on the civil child support body attachment. He will appear in Circuit Court on July 12th.
/s/ John F. Montgomery,
Baxter County Sheriff