1 adult, 4 juveniles injured in 1-vehicle accident; driver accused of driving while intoxicated

A one-vehicle accident late Saturday afternoon in Ozark County resulted in injuries to five Tecumseh residents, including four juveniles, and the driver was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. Forty-three-year-old Samuel Deatherage and a 13-year-old male were transported by air ambulance to Mercy Hospital in Springfield with serious injuries. The three juveniles transported by a private vehicle to Ozarks Healthcare in West Plains include an 8-year-old male with serious injuries, an 11-year-old female with moderate injuries and a 5-year-old female with minor injuries.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the vehicle driven by 20-year-old Peyton Brady of Silver Cliff, Colorado, was traveling on Ozark County Road 328, and Deatherage and the juveniles were his occupants. They were nearly 3 miles southeast of Zanoni when Brady reportedly swerved to avoid a collision with another vehicle and lost control. His vehicle traveled off the left side of the roadway and struck a tree. Deatherage and the 5-year-old female were reportedly not wearing their seat belts.

Brady was not injured, but he was transported to the Ozark County Jail and later released. He is charged with two counts of felony driving while intoxicated with serious physical injuries and one count each of operating a motor vehicle in a careless and imprudent manner involving an accident, operating a motor vehicle on a highway without a valid license and failing to secure a child less than 8 years old in a child restraint.

Brady’s vehicle was totaled in the 4:50 p.m. accident.

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