Multitude of charges faces Bethany driver of SUV after highway patrol deploys spike sticks

SUV Accident

Three people received what the highway patrol called minor injuries, and two persons were arrested, in connection with incidents and a one-vehicle accident in gentry county.

32-year-old Lacie Bever, nine-year-old Cadence Brumley, and six-year-old Cayden Brumley, all from Worth, were taken to Northwest medical center at Albany with minor injuries.

The patrol reports they were passengers in a sport utility vehicle operated by 23-year old Willie Morin of Bethany. Morin was not reported hurt.

The accident happened late Saturday night on Route A one mile north of the Evona community in Gentry County, as the SUV was northbound on Route A when the front tires were deflated by spike sticks deployed by the highway patrol.

The patrol accused Morin of intentionally driving the vehicle off the left side of the road, jumping out of the moving vehicle, causing the SUV to hit an embankment, overturning onto the drivers side of the vehicle.

The SUV had extensive damage. None of those four persons were wearing seat belts.

Willie Morin was accused of speeding, failure to drive on the right half of the road, not having a valid license, failure to yield to an emergency vehicle, driving while intoxicated/drug related, possession of drug paraphernalia, failure to secure a child in a seat belt, failure to secure a child in a booster seat, resisting arrest by fleeing, three counts of first degree endangering the welfare of a child, leaving the scene of an accident, and not wearing a seat belt.

Lacie Bever was accused of possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, three counts of first degree endangering the welfare of a child, and not wearing a seat belt.

The patrol explained spike sticks were used because a highway patrol officer was pursing the vehicle for alleged speeding and lane violation.