Teen Charged In Alcohol-Related Accident

By: 13 News Email
By: 13 News Email

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- Shawnee County Sheriff's Sgt. Eric Frey said a man wrecked a car Friday morning, crashing it into a flower garden.

Deputies responded to the accident just before 4 a.m. at SE 37th Street and Westedge Road. They say a white passenger car had been traveling east on SE 37th Street when it failed to stop at the stop sign at SE Westedge Road. The car, deputies say, drove through a flower garden before rolling and coming to a stop.

The driver, Taylor Hatfield, 19, of Lecompton, was found near the accident scene soon after deputies arrived. He was treated for minor injuries.

A male passenger, Evan Hix, 19, of Tecumseh, was found about 90 minutes later. He was taken to a local hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

Hatfield is charged with a string of violations:
· Aggravated Battery

· Driving under the Influence of alcohol

· Reckless driving

· Minor in Consumption

· Transport Open Container

· Duty of driver to give certain information after an accident (render aid)

· Giving false information in reference to an accident

· Fail to stop at accident with injury

· Fail to report an injury accident

· Fail to stop at stop sign

· Fail to maintain lane

· No proof liability insurance

The accident is still under investigation.


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