1/8/19 UDATE: The Florida Highway Patrol announced that Kim Johnston has been arrested for DUI Manslaughter and has been booked into the St. Johns County Jail.
@FHPJacksonville arrests Kim Johnston for DUI Manslaughter and booked into the St Johns County Jail. Johnston is suspected of DUI in the crash that killed @JSOPIO Officer Cathy Adam and seriously injured @JSOPIO Motor Jack Adams on Dec. 9th. Bond is set for $125,000.00. pic.twitter.com/pDfmlrPKsL— FHPJacksonville (@FHPJacksonville) January 8, 2019
12/14/ 18 UPDATE: The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office just released video of Jack Adams' recovery in the hospital.
Jack Adams is now being moved to rehab after an unbelievable recovery, according to a JSO tweet.
Happy moment today. Our beloved #JSO Motorman Jack Adams whose family was struck by a DUI driver has had an unbelievable recovery and was transferred to rehab. Thank you to all of the amazing staff at @MemorialJax and #JSO officers for giving him this send off. #ilovejax pic.twitter.com/KKidIg15AS— Jax Sheriff's Office (@JSOPIO) December 14, 2018
ORIGINAL STORY: A newly released FHP report shows William “Jack” Adams, a Jacksonville Sheriff Officer and father who survived a deadly crash on Sunday, may be paralyzed.
Action News Jax first reported Sunday his wife, Cathy Adams, a JSO bailiff—was killed.
State troopers also say the woman accused of drunkenly causing that crash failed two field sobriety tests and would not perform the third one due to a pre-existing injury.
In the report, it says Johnston also told hospital staff she drank two beers earlier that evening.
Now, FHP is asking any witnesses to the deadly crash, to come forward.
Action News Jax law & safety expert Dale Carson explains what witnesses could tell detectives about the car that could help the investigation.
Right now, Johnston is charged with 2 counts of DUI w/serious bodily harm. This is a 3rd degree felony in FL. Each count holds 5 years. Right now, no court date has been set for Johnston. We'll keep you posted on the latest on-air & on-line & on our app: https://t.co/EAQhh8PERE pic.twitter.com/4ZcxlMZefv— Courtney Cole (@CourtneyANJax) December 12, 2018
On Sunday, Dec. 9 three witnesses described Kim Johnston’s driving behavior on the road, prior to the crash.
In the FHP arrest report, witnesses say they saw Johnston’s Acura sedan "passing them at high rates of speed" on the interstate from the "center or outside travel lane."
Then, witnesses say the Acura traveled off the roadway to an inside shoulder, before over-correcting back to the right and colliding into the Adams’ Chevrolet Tahoe SUV.
In the last 25 minutes, I put in a call to the State Attorney's Office to find out if Kim Johnston's charges have been upgraded since the deadly crash on Sunday . When she was booked, she was charged with 2 counts of DUI w/serious bodily injury.. @ActionNewsJax pic.twitter.com/mtl0iZjI2F— Courtney Cole (@CourtneyANJax) December 11, 2018
While it's still early in the investigation for FHP, Action News Jax Law & Safety Expert Dale Carson said a key part of their analysis will be the head and taillights on Adams’ SUV.
“You want to see if the taillights were on, because if the taillights weren't on, there's a possible exception…because if someone's driving down the road and you're coming up behind them as this accident occurred -you might hit them,” Carson said.
FHP says Johnston smelled of alcohol and had bloodshot eyes when they approached her moments after the crash.
They say she fumbled around trying to find her driver’s license, Johnston refused a breathalyzer test, but was forced to give a blood sample at the hospital, after FHP obtained a warrant for it.
The State Attorney's Office told me Johnston's blood has to be tested at an FDLE lab for toxicity. Those samples have to be returned, FHP has to complete scene analysis & review witnesses accounts before re-evaluating Johnston's charges. @ActionNewsJax pic.twitter.com/nWtQWBQZ2P— Courtney Cole (@CourtneyANJax) December 12, 2018
The spokesman for the 7th Circuit State Attorney’s Office told Action News Jax Johnston’s blood samples have to be tested at an FDLE lab for toxicity.
While FHP Troopers did notice Kim Johnston's bloodshot eyes, slurred speech, & a strong odor of alcohol during their interaction Sunday—Our @ActionNewsJax Law & Safety Expert says this doesn’t necessarily combine to make a DUI. pic.twitter.com/acdGDxvTi3— Courtney Cole (@CourtneyANJax) December 11, 2018
Right now, Johnston is charged with two counts of DUI with serious bodily injury.
Once the crime scene analysis is completed by FHP and the toxicity results are returned, Carson said Johnston’s charges will be re-evaluated.
The cause of death for Cathy Adams will also have to be determined, said Action News Jax crime & safety expert Ken Jefferson.
If her charges are upgraded, Jefferson said she could be arrested again.
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