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Three Dixon residents hurt in wrecks, two arrested in drunk driving cases
DIXON, Mo. (May 12, 2009) — Two Sunday wrecks sent three Dixon residents to area hospitals with a variety of injuries, according to Missouri State Highway Patrol reports.

The weekend’s worst crash happened at 9:06 p.m. on Route O about eight miles south of Dixon when Dennis D. Shattuck, 49, rolled his pickup truck and was airlifted with serious injuries. According to state patrol reports, Shattuck had been southbound in his 1976 Dodge pickup when he ran off the right side of the roadway, overcorrected, veered across the roadway and ran off the left side, striking an embankment and overturning.

Shattuck, who had not been wearing his seat belt, suffered serious injuries and was flown by Staff of Life helicopter ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia. His vehicle was totaled and removed by Pro-Tow of Dixon.

Earlier in the day, Ashley N. Plog, 24, had been northbound on Highway 17 at the Interstate 44 junction at 4 a.m. in her 2006 Nissan when she ran off the right side of the roadway while rounding a curve, crossed over the eastbound on-ramp to Interstate 44, ran down an embankment and then struck a ditch, causing moderate damage to her vehicle and minor injuries to herself and her passenger, Keirin A. Plog, 3.

Both Plogs had been wearing seat belts or child restraints and were transported by Pulaski County Ambulance District paramedics to General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital.

Their vehicle was removed by Jack’s Towing.

In unrelated cases, state troopers made two drunk driving arrests of Pulaski County residents on Sunday:

• James J. McDaniel, 23, of Dixon, was arrested at 4:53 p.m. in Laclede County on charges of driving while intoxicated by both drugs and alcohol, misdemeanor possession of 35 grams or less of marijuana, and failure to display valid plates on his vehicle. Troopers took him to the Laclede County Jail where he was subsequently released.

• Burgess P. West, 27, of Dixon, was arrested at 11 p.m. in Pulaski County on charges of driving while intoxicated, felonious assault of a law enforcement officer, careless and imprudent driving, misdemeanor possession of marijuana, and failure to use seat belt. Troopers took him to the Pulaski County Jail where he was placed on a 24-hour hold.

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