Suspect arrested in injury DUI accident
October 20, 2011
A 20-year-old Fish Springs man is to appear Monday in district court on charges stemming from a drunk-driving accident in July in which a woman was seriously injured.
Michael Hartman waived his preliminary hearing Wednesday in East Fork Justice Court.
He has been charged with two felonies in the July 24 accident.
According to reports, Hartman allegedly ran a stop sign at 50 mph at the intersection of Rocky Terrace and Centerville Lane at 7:32 a.m.
His Toyota Tacoma collided with a Chevrolet Trailblazer driven by Sally Watters, 56, who was pulling out of her driveway.
According to court documents, Watters’ injuries included a fractured hand which required surgery and the installation of pins, fractured neck vertebra, lower spinal fracture, blood clot in her ankle and other soft tissue injuries.
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A passenger in Hartman’s vehicle the day of the accident said he and the defendant were coming from a Gardnerville address where they had been drinking whiskey. Two empty bottles of Black Velvet were found in the vehicle, according to reports.
Hartman’s blood-alcohol content reportedly was .170, more than twice the legal limit of .08 for driving.
Hartman was arrested Oct. 16 at Lampe Park when a driver’s license check revealed he was the subject of two felony warrants in connection with the accident.