Chillicothe Police Department's new accident investigator, Officer Lena Turpin with the assistance of Missouri State Highway Patrol are currently conducting an accident investigation of an accident that involved speeds of 100 mph behind Lowe’s in the 100 block of Highway 36. The driver of the vehicle was believed to be under the influence of alcohol and not wearing his seatbelt. The 8:30 p.m., accident on July 20, resulted in the vehicle rolling over. The driver was left in critical condition after being thrown from the vehicle, Chillicothe Police Department Sgt. Jeremiah Grider said in a special press release.

“The driver had two small children in the vehicle and was driving approximately 100 mph prior to the accident. Alcohol and speed are believed to be the two major factors resulting in the accident,” Grider said. “Neither child was injured due to being in proper child restraints.”

Charges are pending against the driver.

The CPD has noticed an increase in people operating their motor vehicle after drinking alcohol.

Police Chief Jon Maples said that there has been an increase in officers intercepting those drinking and driving and also am increase in response to traffic crashes involving alcohol.

“We try to stay proactive as drinking and driving is a huge safety risk,’ he said noting officers attend multiple training and he stresses the importance of paying attention to drivers displaying indicators of drinking and driving.

“This is a reminder to all that this is one of the most dangerous things you can do in a motor vehicle. We are asking citizens to get a ride from a friend or call a cab if they have been drinking alcohol. Please be safe,” Grider said.