FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. (Nov. 10, 2008) — State troopers reported arrests of two Fort Leonard Wood residents on Sunday for drunk driving, one of which led to the death of a passenger.
Fort Leonard Wood public affairs personnel say John W. Harrison, 20, who was charged in the fatality, was a lance corporal in the Marine Corps Detachment at Fort Leonard Wood. The military status of the driver in another unrelated DWI case couldn’t immediately be confirmed. That case involved Earle E. Gist, 25, described by state troopers as a “Fort Leonard Wood family member,” which typically means a military dependant rather than a service member.
According to Missouri State Highway Patrol reports, Harrison faces charges of driving while intoxicated, careless and imprudent driving resulting in an accident, being a minor in possession of alcohol by consumption, and felony involuntary manslaughter stemming from the death of Ashley R. Parks, 21, of Gravois Mills, who was a passenger in the pickup he had been driving at noon in Camden County. Troopers reported that Harrison was arrested at 12:28 p.m. Sunday and as of early Monday morning, was still held in the Camden County jail with no bond allowed.
Troopers reported that Harrison had been northbound in a 1999 Ford F-250 pickup on Camden County Route A about 1.5 miles north of Route E at noon when he entered a left-hand curve too fast for conditions, ran off the left side of the roadway, struck a fence and overturned. His passenger was partially ejected and pronounced dead on the scene by the deputy medical examiner at 1:30 p.m.
Neither Harrison nor Parks had been wearing their seat belts, troopers reported.
Parks’ body was taken to Allee Holman Howe Funeral Home in Camdenton. The pickup was totaled and removed by Bledsoe Towing. Harrison, who suffered only minor injuries, refused medical treatment.
The other Sunday DWI case involved speeding rather than a crash. According to state patrol reports, Earle E. Gist, 25, a Fort Leonard Wood family member, was arrested at 2:45 a.m. in Laclede County by state troopers on charges of driving while intoxicated, driving while his license was suspended and speeding. He was taken to the Laclede County Jail and had been released by Monday morning.
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