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Bethel man accused of driving Duke truck while drunk

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May 13 2010 - Bethel man accused of driving Duke truck while drunk

BATAVIA, IL - A Tate Township man has been accused of driving a Duke Energy utility truck while drunk and causing a traffic collision that sent three people to the hospital.

Kenneth E. Mathers, 59, of Bethel, was arrested this weekend and remained incarcerated under $40,000 bond Tuesday on charges of driving while intoxicated and crossing the center line of a highway.

Mathers was allegedly driving a Duke Energy “boom truck” on state Route 132 in Batavia on Sunday afternoon when he reportedly swerved left of center and struck a car and a minivan. Mathers reportedly admitted the accident was his fault shortly after the crash. Three individuals were transported to area hospitals for injuries incurred in the wreck, though none of the injuries were considered to be life-threatening.

Mathers reportedly refused a breathalyzer test to check for alcohol intoxication after the incident.

Greater Cincinnati news outlets have reported Mathers has a history of alcohol-related criminal offenses, including one incident where he was reportedly drunk in a vehicle while parked at William Bick Elementary School.

Pending investigation, Mathers has been placed on administrative leave by Duke, where he has worked for 41 years.

Additional charges may be filed in the case.

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