Abbeville police make arrest after alleged alcohol-related crash
Friday, October 18, 2013 12:46 PM
City of Abbeville police arrested one man earlier this month following an alcohol-related crash that resulted in several people being injured.
Marquis Mattison was charged with child endangerment and four counts of felony driving under the influence, great bodily injury results, in connection with the incident. Records indicated an Abbeville County magistrate judge set his bond at $70,000, and he was released from the Abbeville County Detention Center last week.
The two-car collision occurred just before 5 p.m. Oct. 5 along Vienna Street in Abbeville. It involved a 2003 Pontiac Sunfire, being driven by the suspect, and a 2004 Nissan Maxima.
According to an Abbeville police report, police responded to the scene and found several people injured, including one man lying in the street behind a vehicle. Officers spotted the suspect standing about 25 yards away from the collision holding a young boy in his arms. The suspect told officers he was driving along Vienna when he swerved around a vehicle that slowed down in front of him, in an attempt to avoid rear-ending it, and collided head-on with the Nissan, which was headed in the opposite direction. He admitted he'd consumed four or five beers prior to the wreck.
Officers noticed the suspect's eyes were glassy, his speech was slurred, and he was unsteady on his feet, leading them to administer a field sobriety test at the scene, which he failed. Police arrested the man and took him to the Abbeville jail for a breath analysis, which showed the man's blood-alcohol content to be 0.23.
Witnesses at the scene reported seeing the suspect helping the injured victims. Five people involved in the collision were transported to area hospitals to be treated, and four suffered broken bones and or bone fractures as a result of the wreck.