BROWN COUNTY —Law enforcement authorities are investigating a teen driver for multiple allegations in connection with a weekend 2-vehicle crash.
Just before 11:30 p.m. Sunday, a sheriff's deputy on routine patrol near U.S. 75 and U.S. 36 Highways encountered a vehicle driving with defective headlights and emitting sparks from the undercarriage, according to Brown County Sheriff John Merchant.
The eastbound a Toyota 4-Runner was stopped in Fairview and appeared that it had recently been involved in an accident. The deputy initiated a traffic stop and made contact with the driver identified as 18-year-old Nixon Castro of Hiawatha.
Approximately 2 minutes after the stop, dispatch then notified officers that a rollover accident was reported west of Fairview. According to information received from investigating the accident, a Toyota Yaris was eastbound on US 36 west of Fairview when a Toyota 4 Runner, also eastbound side swiped the Yaris on the drivers side of the vehicle causing damage to both vehicles.
This caused the Yaris to leave the roadway and roll . The driver of the Yaris identified as 47-year-old Eduardo Ganzales was not injured but the two other occupants had non life threatening injuries.
They refused medical treatment. The Toyota 4 Runner also left the roadway traveling through a soybean field and destroyed some field fencing and continued east on U.S. 36 until it was stopped by the deputy.
There were no injuries reported in the Toyota 4 Runner. The deputy arrested Castro on requested charges of DUI, Transport Open Container, Reckless Driving and Failure to Report an Accident. He remains in custody, according to online jail records.