ATV crash leaves rider with back injury, nets charge for Palermo man

Police: Bystanders render aid after driver hesistates to call 911
By Tanya Mitchell | Jul 16, 2013
Source: Waldo County Sheriff's Office Jeffrey Wooden

Liberty — A Palermo man is facing charges after police say he lost control of his All Terrain Vehicle on Old County Road in Liberty and hesitated to call police after his female passenger was pinned under the vehicle Friday night, July 12.

Police arrested Jeffrey Wooden, 27, of Palermo, on charges of operating under the influence with serious personal injury, aggravated driving to endanger after the alleged incident, which was reported to police at 9:50 p.m.

Lt. Jason Trundy with Waldo County Sheriff's Office said Wooden and the woman were riding trails in Liberty when Wooden decided he needed to get home because he had to work the following day.

Trundy said the woman later told police Wooden took the ATV onto Old County Road in an effort to make it home quicker when he lost control of the ATV and went off the road, with the vehicle landing on top of his passenger.

Trundy said there happened to be a group of people across the street who witnessed the accident, came to the woman's aid and called 911.

"She does say [in the report] she asked him to call 911, but he was hesitant to call 911 because he had been drinking," said Trundy. "Luckily the neighbors were there, and they were paying attention."

Liberty Ambulance attendants responded to the scene and transported the woman to an area hospital to be treated for what Trundy described as possible broken vertebrae.

Wooden is scheduled to appear at Waldo County Superior Court Thursday, Aug. 29.


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