UTV crash ends with passenger injured, felony arrest for driver

MT. STERLING — An Owensville woman was seriously injured early Sunday morning when the utility vehicle she was a passenger in crashed on Brick Church Road, 500 feet west of Mt. Sterling Road.

The operator of the UTV was arrested and faces a felony charge on the allegation of driving while intoxicated on alcohol and causing an accident, resulting in serious injuries.

Missouri State Highway Patrol Cpl. C.R. Mistler’s report of the 1:10 a.m. incident on April 29 lists Joshua R. Turner, 31, of Rosebud, as the driver of a 2011 Polaris Razor which was traveling west on Brick Church Road when he attempted to perform a stunt. The Razor went off the south side of the county gravel road and overturned. 

Sonya R. Hudson, 32, was partially ejected and received serious injuries which required ambulance transportation to Mercy Hospital Washington for treatment.

A spokeswoman at Mercy Hospital St. Louis said Tuesday their records show Hudson was “discharged” from the facility in Creve Coeur.

Neither of the two were wearing seat belts or helmets, the patrol reported.

Turner was also cited for improper operation of a utility vehicle in a careless manner and for unlawfully operating a utility vehicle on a road. He was jailed on a 24-hour hold at the Osage County Jail in Linn following his arrest at 2:05 a.m. Sunday.

Berger man arrest on felony DWI allegation

The Missouri State Highway Patrol also reports the 6:15 p.m. felony arrest on April 27 of David W. Freie, 55, Berger. Freie was arrested in Gasconade County on the allegation of felony driving while intoxicated as a persistent offender. He was also cited for speeding. He was arrested and transported to the Hermann police station on the bondable offense.

At 12:10 a.m. April 28, the patrol arrested Audrey J. Harper, 22, Warrenton. Harper was cited for speeding, failure to signal, failure to yield to an emergency vehicle, failure to drive on the right half of the road, not having a valid operators licence or proof of insurance, and possession of less than 35 grams of marijuana. She was taken to the Hermann police station to post bond.