ANDERSON — An Anderson man faces a felony charge of driving while intoxicated after police reportedly confirmed he had opiates in his system during a Nov. 15 traffic accident.
Clifford A. Lee, 33, of Anderson, was arrested by Anderson police officers at the Kohl's off Scatterfield Road on Wednesday afternoon. Lee faces three counts of operating while intoxicated and three counts of possession of a controlled substance stemming from the November wreck in Markleville.
He also faces an enhanced charge of being a habitual traffic offender, which could increase any sentence he receives if convicted. According to public records, a warrant for Lee's arrest has been active since Feb. 26.
According to the probable cause affidavit of the wreck in November, police responded to a single-car crash near the intersection of State Road 38 and Dennis Drive and found Lee, who was allegedly stumbling and slurring his words at the scene.
After confirming Lee was the driver, police searched him and reportedly found three pills in his pockets — hydrocodone, oxycodone and bupfrenorphine — all controlled substances.
Lee was transported to St. Vincent Hospital of Indianapolis to have his injuries treated, and a sample of his blood was taken for toxicology tests. According to the affidavit, the test confirmed the presence of all three substances in Lee's system and he didn't have a prescription for any of them.
The operating while intoxicated charges are aggravated because Lee has OWI convictions within the past five years. He pleaded guilty to OWI and domestic battery in 2010. Lee is also a habitual substance offender, having pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance in April.
Public records show he has been arrested for OWI-type incidents in Madison, Monroe and Henry counties and has served prison time for OWI convictions.
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