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Two crashes injure drivers near county's edge

PULASKI COUNTY, Mo. (Dec. 16, 2008) — Two crashes near the edge of Pulaski County inured drivers Monday afternoon and late Sunday night.

According to Missouri State Highway Patrol reports, Kevin M. Butterfield, 23, of Clayton, was westbound at 11:05 p.m. Sunday on Interstate 44 at mile marker 169 in Phelps County just east of the Pulaski County line when he lost control of his 2005 Honda Accord on an ice-covered roadway, ran off the right side of the road and struck a guardrail before coming to rest eastbound in the ditch.

Butterfield, who had been wearing his seat belt, suffered moderate injuries and was transported by Pulaski County Ambulance District paramedics to Phelps County Regional Medical Center for treatment of moderate injuries. His vehicle was extensively damaged and removed by Ron Dishman towing.

A Monday afternoon rollover wreck on Highway U about six miles northwest of Crocker was initially reported as being in Miller County, but when firefighters and rescue personnel arrived, the wreck was found to be near the county line but still in Pulaski County.

Rescue personnel extricated Michael J. Wersching, 35, of Brumley, from an overturned 2007 Mercury Mariner. Troopers reported that Wersching had been westbound on Highway U when he slid off the left side of the roadway, hit an embankment, overturned and came to rest in a yard.

Wersching, who had been wearing his seat belt, suffered moderate injuries and was transported by ambulance to Lake Regional Hospital. His vehicle was totaled and removed by Gary’s Towing.

In unrelated actions, two Pulaski County residents were recently arrested by state troopers outside Pulaski County.

Troopers reported that at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, they arrested Michael D. Schaefer, 27, of Richland, on charges of felony stealing. Schaefer was taken to the Jasper County Jail where he was placed on a 24-hour hold.

A Monday afternoon arrest in Phelps County sent Jennifer R. Richardson, 21, of Dixon, to jail on a misdemeanor warrant from Camden County for following too close and for failure to register a motor vehicle. Richardson was taken to the Phelps County Jail where she was eligible for bond.

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