Town of Alabama man faces more charges


OAKFIELD — A town of Alabama man with a history of drug and alcohol arrests now faces felony charges after an investigation into a crash in September that injured six people, one seriously.

Jason A. Klinkbeil, 32, was charged Saturday with first-degree vehicular assault, felony driving while intoxicated by drugs, criminal possession of a controlled substance, reckless driving, speeding not reasonable and prudent, moving from a lane unsafely, driving to the left of pavement markings, improper passing, failure to keep right and failure to notify DMV of an address change, Deputy Kyle Krzemien said.

The charges came after an investigation into crash on Bliss Road in Oakfield on Sept. 12.

Klinkbeil was allegedly driving too fast and slammed into a car that was making a turn onto Lewiston Road.

Four people suffered injuries and were taken to hospitals for treatment, including one who suffered serious injuries. Two others, including Klinkbeil and the driver of the other car, were treated at the scene.

Klinkbeil was suspected of being high on drugs at the time of the crash. Blood tests revealed drugs in his system, police said. Drugs also were found in his car.

Klinkbeil has a history of drug and alcohol-related arrests.

He has had at least three previous drug or alcohol related arrests, including one in Livonia, Livingston County, in 2016.

In that case, Klinkbeil stole items from a store and when police arrived, they found him passed out in his car with heroin and pills.

A year later he was charged with felony aggravated unlicensed operation in Genesee County and sentenced to a state prison term. He served seven months and was on parole until March 31 of this year.

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