A man who police later charged with OVI told officers that he struck a utility pole because of a sneezing attack caused by hair from his job at a barbershop, according to an Oxford police report.
Police and fire crews were called to the intersection of South Main and Spring streets at 8:20 p.m. March 29 on a report of an injury crash which had damaged a utility pole.
The officer arrived to find a 2002 Chevrolet Tahoe off the roadway and partially in a yard at the intersection and a utility pole on its side and being held up by the wires. It also appeared the vehicle had hit a parked car prior to the pole.
When the fire department arrived, the driver walked across the street to the squad vehicle with balance that seemed lethargic.
The driver was identified as Mark S. Brockman, 39. He was taken to McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital and the officer went there to question him. He was described as having slurred speech and hard to understand, and fell asleep and had a hard time keeping his eyes open.
He confirmed there were multiple 911 calls about him while driving between Hamilton and Oxford. He said he was swerving a lot due to sneeze attacks from working in a barbershop and having hair up his nose. He said that must have been the cause of the crash.
Brockman said he was on his way to the hospital to visit his friend who was brought in earlier by squad for an overdose. He stated that he was crying while he was driving northbound on Main St. and that must have been a factor in his accident.
He refused to submit to a blood test and his license was immediately suspended. He was charged with operating a vehicle intoxicated.