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Sheriff’s Department weekend round-up: Rollover in Cushman, incoherent woman dropped off in Cord

Sheriff Shawn Stephens said Independence County deputies made three arrests over the weekend.

Deputy Andrew Rogers was dispatched to the area of the Cushman Fire Department to a one-vehicle rollover accident, according to authorities. There, Rogers found a 2018 Chevrolet Equinox with damage to the roof on the driver’s side and heavy front-end damage.

The driver, identified as Ronald P. Murphy, 63, of Imboden was still in the driver’s seat.  He was being treated by medical personnel. EMS workers advised Rogers that Murphy smelled of intoxicants. Rogers said several Coors Light Beer cans were scattered throughout the car. He also noted Murphy had trouble standing and walking to the ambulance.

Officer Rogers said his accident investigation showed that Murphy was driving northbound and failed to negotiate a curve, his vehicle left the roadway, went through the ditch line, and then hit an embankment with force. That sent the vehicle through the air and into the front yard of a residence, coming to rest just before hitting a white picket fence in the front yard.

Murphy told authorities the only thing he remembers was the vehicle became airborne and was flipping.

Rogers noted that as a result of information obtained in his investigation of the accident, Murphy was cited for failure to maintain control of his vehicle, DWI, and no proof of liability insurance.

The second incident investigated by deputies was an accident on Ruddell Hill Circle on private property.  Apparently, a 29-year-old Bethesda Road woman backed into a pickup truck with her car. She was determined to be intoxicated and was cited for DWI and refusing to submit to a chemical sobriety test.

The third incident involved a Cord Road, Newark, woman who was dropped off at a Cord residence, seemingly high on a drug.  The woman was dressed only in sweat pants and a bra, according to the report, and was apparently hallucinating, with talk and chatter that officers said “made no sense.” The complainant said they observed a Ford SUV drop the female off at their residence with the male driver stating, “She’s yours. I’m gone.”   

The complainant said they did not know the woman. The woman was cited for a misdemeanor: public intoxication — drugs.

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