A Worthington driver was pulled over last weekend because he allegedly didn’t dim his headlights for an oncoming vehicle that turned out to be a Worthington officer on patrol. The man ended up in jail, accused of operating a vehicle while intoxicated with a blood-alcohol concentration over twice the legal limit.
Kevin D. Parrish, 55, was southbound in a silver 2006 Honda Odyssey minivan on County Road 200 West near the White River Co-Op when he met northbound Officer James T. Harrington of the Worthington Police Department.
When Parrish did not dim his headlights, Harrington turned around and initiated a traffic stop at 2:22 a.m. on Saturday, June 9.
Harrington said he detected the odor of an alcoholic beverage and Parrish told him he had consumed three cans of beer at a friend’s house.
According to Harrington, Parrish was stumbling and failed field sobriety testing, then told the officer he had actually consumed a six pack.
The vehicle was towed and Parrish was transported to the Greene County Sheriff’s Department where he again failed field sobriety testing.
Parrish agreed to a chemical test, administered by GCSD Deputy Zachary Goad at 3:44 a.m. Harrington reported the test showed Parrish had a BAC of .186 which would be more than twice the legal limit of .08.
Parrish was then booked in to jail with a bond set at $4,000 surety with ten percent allowed. The next day, on Sunday, June 10, Parrish posted $400 cash and was released.
When Parrish appears at an initial hearing in Greene Superior Court later this month, he will be charged with:
- Operating a vehicle with an alcohol concentration equivalent to .15 or more, a Class A misdemeanor
- Operating a vehicle while intoxicated endangering a person, a Class A misdemeanor
- Operating a vehicle while intoxicated, a Class C misdemeanor