Marshall man arrested for DWI following Sunday wreck

Tuesday, September 3, 2002

A Marshall man was arrested for driving while intoxicated by the Missouri State Highway Patrol after his car went off the side of Route WW at 10:35 p.m. Sunday evening.

According to the MSHP report, Marshall resident James J. Ritchie, 26, was driving a 1980 Ford Thunderbird northbound on Route WW one mile east of County Road 205 when he lost control of the vehicle, veering off the right side of the road. The vehicle struck a guardrail, traveled down a hill and struck a tree.

Ritchie was taken to Fitzgibbon Hospital in Marshall and later released while a passenger, 41-year-old Richard T. Mitts of Slater, left the scene of the accident. The vehicle was totaled as a result of the crash.

Ritchie was cited for driving while under the influence, driving while operator's license was suspended, careless and imprudent driving and not wearing a seat belt.

On Monday, the Missouri State Highway Patrol reported a second, two-vehicle accident on U.S. Highway 65 near Marshall at about 9 a.m.

According to the report, a 1998 Ford F150 driven by Charles T. Henning, 61, of Marshall, was traveling southbound on 65 just north of Missouri Highway 127 when Henning slowed to make a turn. Henning's vehicle was then struck from the rear when a 1994 Ford F150 driven by William Smith, 16, of Nelson, failed to stop.

A passenger in the second pickup, Lula M. Fornshell, 58, of Nelson was taken to Fitzgibbon Hospital by private vehicle. No tickets were issued as a result of the accident.

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