Springfield man charged with DUI, wanton endangerment

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Hit-and-run still under investigation

By Brandon Mattingly

A Springfield man was charged with two counts of wanton endangerment, as well as driving under the influence following an accident on Hwy. 55 around 5 p.m. on Feb. 20.

James R. Newton, 71, was charged with wantonly endangering his passenger, John Noel, 72, and another driver, Coy W. Pendleton, 53, of Lebanon.

According to the Springfield Police accident report, Pendleton stated that Newton pulled out in front of him at the entrance to Save-A-Lot, leading to a collision. Pendleton informed authorities that he got Newton to stop after he initially slowly drove away. According to the report, Newton was unable to explain to authorities what caused the incident prior to being charged.

Springfield Police also reported a hit-and-run at Domus Court last Wednesday. Maylin Martin, 24, informed authorities that a vehicle struck her parked Honda Civic head-on before backing away and fleeing the scene. Martin witnessed the driver leaving the scene, and identified the vehicle as a silver Mitsubishi or Lincoln. The investigation is still on-going.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office responded to a single-car accident on US 150 last Monday around 2:30 p.m. According to the report, the driver—Samuel J. Hernandez, 32, of Plainview, Tex.—left the roadway and hit a culvert before overturning. Hernandez, who was driving a truck leased by Penske Truck Leasing in Chicago, was found to have two warrants out for his arrest in Texas. The State of Texas informed authorities that Hernandez will be extradited.

Parkway wreck
The sheriff’s department also worked an accident on the Bluegrass Parkway on Friday around noon when a vehicle driven by Adam Wood, 19, of Bowling Green, overturned. Wood was not injured in the accident.

The report states that the vehicle crossed into the median before returning across the roadway and onto a rock wall. Upon contact, the vehicle overturned. Wood indicated that a malfunctioning steering system may have been the cause of the accident, though an officer checked the steering wheel and said it appeared to be OK. It was pointed out in the report that the vehicle had to be steered in order to return from the median across multiple lanes of traffic.