Aurora, Mo., man charged with Felony DWI, Missouri State Highway Patrol say he sideswiped pickup, causing it to overturn

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Stephen Butts, 36, arrested for Felony DWI, Careless and Imprudent Driving - Causing a Serious Crash, and No Insurance.

NEWTON COUNTY, Mo. — Saturday morning just after 10 a.m. Newton County Central Dispatch were alerted to reports of a crash along I-49 south, near 35 mile marker. The incident was located one mile north of the Tipton Ford exit.

Redings Mill Fire District, Newton County Sheriff’s Deputies, Newton County Ambulance responded emergency. Missouri State Highway Patrol were notified. 

A pickup overturned and was resting on its  wheels in the median. While a passenger vehicle had gone off road to the tree line below slamming into trees. 

The driver of a 2010 Chevy Cobalt, Stephen Butts, 36, of Aurora, Missouri, was arrested for Felony DWI-Drugs, Careless and Imprudent Driving – involving a crash, and No Insurance. He suffered minor injuries.

The Chevy caused the southbound crash that caused the 2007 Ford Explorer Sport Trac to overturn. Driven by Jaynelle M. Bowden, 55, of Story City, Iowa. She suffered moderate injuries and was rushed to Freeman West in Joplin.

Tpr B. Dodson of Troop D states, “[Chevy] sideswiped [Ford pickup], causing [Ford pickup] to overturn. [Chevy] then ran off the roadway and struck a tree.”

Chuck’s Towing removed the vehicles. Both drivers were wearing seat belts in the crash.

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