COLUMBIA — Alcohol is believed to have been a factor in a four-car accident Tuesday night that left three men injured, according to Columbia Police.
Police said that Richard D. Jones, 36, was driving west on Route B east of U.S. 63 when he crashed into another car, causing a chain reaction involving three other vehicles stopped in a line of traffic.
Jones was taken to University Hospital with minor injuries. Tommy L. Collum, 45, driver of the second car, and Wesley R. Edwards, 25, a passenger in that car, were taken to University Hospital where they were listed in good condition Wednesday morning.
All of the passengers in the cars damaged in the crash were wearing seat belts. It was not known whether Jones was wearing a seat belt.
Jones admitted he'd been drinking and was given a blood test at the hospital, Officer Scott Wilson said. Jones would have been tested anyway, as Missouri implied consent law requires a blood test in the case of a serious accident or fatality, Wilson said.
The results of the blood test, which could take a few weeks, will determine whether Jones is arrested, Wilson said. According to Missouri Casenet, Jones was convicted previously of driving without a license, driving without registration and driving while intoxicated.
"He doesn't have a license, and he was involved in an accident, so he'll be arrested accordingly," Wilson said. "But that will happen probably all at once when we get the blood back for the accident."
Wilson said he did not know how fast Jones was driving when the crash occurred.
The first three cars were significantly damaged and had to be towed from the scene. A fourth had minimal damage.