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Drunk Fort Leonard Wood sergeant rolls pickup Friday on Highway O
Drunk Fort Leonard Wood sergeant rolls pickup Friday on Highway O

Tristen Larson's pickup wrecked in a Friday morning crash on Highway O just north of the Gasconade River.
DIXON, Mo. (UPDATED 2:15 p.m. June 12, 2009) — A Fort Leonard Wood serviceman faces multiple charges including drunk driving after rolling his pickup truck Friday morning on Highway O about a quarter-mile north of the Gasconade River.

Cpl. Christine Boogart of the Missouri State Highway Patrol said Tristen A. Larson, 22, of Waynesville, was southbound in a red Dodge Ram 1500 pickup shortly after 8 a.m. approaching Cave Road when he ran off the right side of the road into a deep ditch.

“He was travelling down the hill, said he swerved to miss a deer, went off the road and overturned,” Boogart said.

Larson was given field sobriety tests on a nearby road, but Boogart couldn't immediately confirm charges against Larson at the crash scene. Later Friday, state troopers released a report that Larson was arrested at 8:55 a.m. and faces three charges: driving while intoxicated as a prior offender (second offense), not having a valid driver's license and careless and imprudent driving involving an accident.

Larson is a sergeant assigned to 0232ENCO Horizontal CWD79AA, according to Fort Leonard Wood public affairs personnel.

Larson’s supervisor stopped at the crash scene and assisted with removal of personal items from the wrecked pickup truck, which had a smashed windshield, caved-in roof, and blown-out right front tire.

Larson also knocked down a state road sign warning of the sharp curve in Highway O.

Larson had minor facial injuries but declined treatment by Dixon Ambulance District personnel. Dixon firefighters blocked the road until 8:56 a.m., when Jack’s Towing removed the pickup truck.

In an unrelated incident, state troopers arrested Quantrell M. Stickland, 23, of Devil’s Elbow, at 9:10 p.m. Thursday on charges of driving while intoxicated, driving while his license was suspended, and speeding. Quantrell was transported to the Pulaski County Jail where he was subsequently released.

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