A 23-year-old Gleason man has been cited with having open intoxicants in a motor vehicle, operating left of the center line, failing to have control and not having proof of insurance after a crash Friday that investigators said could have been much worse.
Dispatch received a call just before 7 p.m. Friday reporting a vehicle had left the roadway and crashed on State Road 17 just south of County Road C near Merrill.
When deputies arrived on scene, a witnesses told them the driver of the vehicle was hiding beer cans in the ditch prior to their arrival.
The occupants of the northbound vehicle said the driver crossed into their lane of traffic causing them to take to the southbound lane to avoid a collision. Investigators say that's when the other vehicle crossed the centerline and struck a culvert.
Investigators say the driver was placed through field sobriety tests which showed he was drinking but not impaired. He was transported by EMS to Ministry Good Samaritan Health Center for treatment of his non-life threatening injuries.
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