Oct 20, 2013 9:24 PM by Chris Welty

Drunk Driving Suspect Bonds Out of Jail

An Abbeville family says they're lucky to be alive after a suspected drunk driver hit their home.

The crash happened around midnight on South St. Valerie Street. The suspect, Brandon Thomas hit a fence, a truck and then another fence before pushing two other vehicles into a house. This afternoon, the Abbeville Fire Department was called back to the scene because of a gas leak.

Evidence of how fast the driver was going is clear. Skid marks, pieces of debris and smashed cars still litter the scene. Abbeville Police say Brandon Thomas was drunk when he tore through a fence hitting several vehicles.

"He could have been dead the way he plowed through everything. His airbags stopped him from coming through the windshield," said Linda Plowden.

She says the situation could have been much worse and her family is lucky the cars in her driveway acted as a barricade.

"I'm not mad at him, but I'm upset in my heart. God says forgive though," said Plowden. She knows the suspect, Brandon Thomas. She says after the crash, he kept telling first responders he wasn't driving despite being stuck behind the steering wheel. Plowden believes Thomas should have spent more time in jail and is upset he bonded out less than 24 hours after the crash. She hopes he sees this as a wake up call.

"If he doesn't have God, I hope he catches him soon. He really needs it. He needs to find God and slowdown because we love him regardless," said Plowden.

Thomas is out of jail tonight on a $2,225 bond. He's charged with DWI, wreckless operation and open container.

Chris Welty



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