Suspected Drunk Driver Charged in Accident that Killed Father, Sons
Eric Thompson (photo from previous arrest)
A Paris, Ark., man has been charged with three counts of negligent homicide after a car accident that killed a man and his two children.
Eric Thompson, 42, was arrested and booked into the Logan County Jail Friday, according to the sheriff’s office. He will also be charged with driving on a suspended or revoked license.
The charges stem from head-on collision on Highway 309 north of Paris on Aug. 22 that killed James “Dusty” Lee, 32, and his two sons James Dawsen Lee, 8, and Caleb Campbell, 12.
Investigators say Thompson was intoxicated at the time of the accident.
Thompson was northbound in the southbound lanes of Highway 309 as he attempted to pass another vehicle. Lee’s vehicle was traveling southbound when the two collided, causing Lee’s vehicle to overturn and eject the children.
Thompson’s bond has been set at $3 million. Thompson was hospitalized after the accident.
According to Chief Deputy David Spicer he is recovering from his injuries but has to use a wheel chair and is being fed through a feeding tube.
Each count of felony negligent homicide is punishable by five to 20 years in prison and a fine up to $15,000.
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