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Wanted sex offender charged in ND wreck

Warner, James Frank Jr-webBy MELINDA WILLIAMS

melinda@southwesttimes.com

BISMARCK, N.D. – An Eggleston sex offender was charged in North Dakota Saturday with intoxicated driving following a head-on collision that sent 12 people to the hospital.

Virginia State Police have been looking for 31-year-old James Frank Warner since January on local charges of probation violation and failing to register as a violent sex offender. He was convicted in Montgomery County in 2008 of 10 counts of carnal knowledge of a child.

According to an article in the Bismarck Tribune, Warner was driving a pickup truck south on Highway 1806 just after 1 a.m. Saturday when the truck collided head-on with a limousine party bus, estimated to be carrying 24 people. Upper body and head injuries were reported, with some being serious.

Shortly after the initial collision a northbound car collided with the pickup truck, Morton County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Tad Pritchett reported to the Tribune.

In addition to the intoxicated driving charge, Warner also faces charges of driving with a suspended license and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. Pritchett told the Tribune that Warner worked for a farmer for three days when he allegedly took the man’s pickup truck without his knowledge.

Although Warner first registered with the Virginia Sex Offender and Crimes Against Minors Register in 2008, they are required to update their registry on a regular basis. If they fail to re-register by their required date, warrants are issued for their arrest.

Warner last registered Feb. 13, 2012, according to the registry. At that time, he listed his address as 3589 Church Hill Road in Eggleston.

Posted May 7, 2013

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