A Manawa man faces felony charges after a passenger said he threatened to kill her while he was driving drunk and erratically.
John R. Thomack, 58, is charged with two felony counts of reckless endangerment, a second drunken driving offense and disorderly conduct.
Shortly before 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3, Deputies Patrick Gorchals and Cameron Durrant were at the scene of an accident on State Highway 54 in Mukwa when they saw a westbound Chevy HHR turn north onto Otto Road from State 54.
Shortly after Gorchals told Durrant that the HHR almost rolled over while making the turn, dispatch asked if they could break from the accident scene. A woman had called 911 on her cellphone and said Thomack was speeding and driving erratically.
According to the criminal complaint, the caller said Thomack was intoxicated and refused to allow her to drive. The car she described matched the description of the one that just passed the deputies.
Durrant and Gorchals were unable to locate the vehicle. However, they heard over the radio that a Manawa officer and another deputy were with the vehicle on the 700 block of Depot Street, speaking to the driver and the woman.
The woman told deputies that she and Thomack began arguing while they were in Wal-Mart. As they were driving home to Manawa, he allegedly began yelling at her and threatened to kill her.
A preliminary breath analysis indicated Thomack had a 0.22 blood-alcohol content.