Driver faces charges of driving drunk

BEAN BLOSSOM — A Nashville man who was seriously injured in an accident last March has now been charged with driving while intoxicated.

Thomas J. Gaskins, 58, Nashville, was southbound in the 4400 block of Bear Wallow Road at around 8 p.m. when his truck came up over a hill and failed to make a corner.

Gaskins drove straight off the road and sideswept a utility pole before hitting a tree head-on.

Gaskins was bleeding heavily from his face and had a “serious amount of pain in his neck,” an accident report by Brown County Sheriff’s Deputy Brian Shrader said. He was taken to Columbus Regional Hospital by ambulance.

According to a probable cause affidavit by Nashville Police Officer Kyle Seward, former officer Tyler Strahl “observed text messages” that showed Gaskins had been at a local bar drinking. Seward said Gaskins was “nearly unconscious” in the driver’s seat. A chemical test administered about 30 minutes after the accident showed his blood-alcohol content to be 0.30, more than four times the legal limit for a driver.

Misdemeanor operating while intoxicated charges were filed Jan. 9.