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DUI Arrest in Piedmont Involving Vehicle Crash

At approximately 4:46pm Friday, the Piedmont Police Department was dispatched to a vehicle crash involving a while F250 Super duty truck, which hit a vehicle, a pedestrian on a bicycle, and then crashed into Noble Bank on Main Street in Piedmont.

As officers arrived at the scene, a male pedestrian was on the ground in front of the bank.  The victim, identified as Thomas Wayne Benefield, age 27, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the F250, identified as Rory Oneal Calhoun age 62, was transported to the hospital in Etowah County.  Once Mr. Calhoun was checked and released from the hospital, he was arrested for Criminal Negligent Homicide DUI, and pending additional charges.

He was transported to the Piedmont City Jail and is awaiting transport to the Calhoun County Jail where bonds will be set.

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