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Published April 17, 2019

Court: Versailles man is ‘a danger to the community’

LAKE OF THE OZARKS – A Versailles man found himself in jail after totaling out a vehicle last week.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP) last Wednesday (April 10) at 8:02 p.m., Christopher Johnson, 26, of Versailles, was driving a 2000 Chrysler Town and Country westbound on Brendell Boulevard east of Deer Run when the vehicle failed to negotiate a curve, traveled off the right side of the road where it struck a tree and overturned.

Though Johnson was not wearing a seat belt, he escaped with minor injuries. He was transported to Lake Regional with minor injuries.

He was arrested by the MSHP and charged with the following:
1. DWI with person less than 17 years of age in vehicle
2. Operate A Motor Vehicle In A Careless And Imprudent Manner, Involving An Accident
3. No Seat belt
4. Operate Motor Vehicle Owned By Another Knowing Owner Of Vehicle Has Not Maintained Financial Responsibility
5. Operate Vehicle On Highway Without A Valid License - 1st Offense

No bond was given to Johnson. According to court information the reason is:

“Defendant may not post bond. Defendant is a danger to the community based on information contained in PC statement and reviewed by this court.”

Johnson was arrested on March 31 of this year on the following charges:

• Possession Of Controlled Substance Except 35 Grams Or Less Of Marijuana/Synthetic Cannabinoid
• Endangering The Welfare Of A Child Involving Drugs- 1st Degree - 1st Offense

His bond on these charges was revoked on April 11 because “Defendant failed to comply with court orders” the court docket stated.

The initial bond of $15,000 – 10 percent cash or surety – was lowered by the court on the morning of April 10. The rollover accident occurred later in the evening that same day.

Only one other accident was recorded by the MSHP last week and that one happened on Monday, April 8 in Camden County.

According to the MSHP, at 2:00 p.m. on Route BB at Pritchett Road, a 1998 GMC Sonoma was southbound when the driver, William Hodges, 73, of Lebanon, MO, fell asleep.

The vehicle traveled off the left side of the roadway, struck a road sign, then a ditch and finally a tree before coming to rest.

A passenger in the vehicle, Velma Hodges, received minor injuries and was transported by ambulance to St. John’s Hospital in Lebanon. She was wearing a seat belt but William was not, the MSHP stated.

No injuries were reported for him. The vehicle was listed as totaled in the accident.

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