Three people had to be taken to area hospitals on December 12 after a wreck in Bedford County that Virginia State Police say may have been caused by someone driving under the influence.

According to Sgt. Bob Carpentieri, shortly after 12:30 p.m., the 1988 Chevrolet pickup truck driven by 36-year-old David Blankenship ran off the right side of U.S. 460, went through a fence, and crashed into a tree.

Carpentieri said that the crash caused Blankenship and two of his passengers, who were not wearing seat belts, to be ejected from the truck. A third passenger was injured, but not ejected.

Blankenship did not require hospitalization and police took him into custody.

One of the ejected passengers, 20-year-old Goode resident Joshua Little, received transport to Bedford Memorial Hospital and was listed in good condition that same afternoon.

The other two passengers’ names were not released by Carpentieri because he was uncertain of their ages. Both received transport to Lynchburg General Hospital where they were treated and later released.

According to Carpentieri, police arrested Blankenship on charges of DUI, refusal to take a blood or breath test, and other minor traffic violations.

Bob Battle
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