April 24, 1995 in Nation/World

Woman Hurt In Crash After Wedding Party Driver Going 88 In 35 Mph Zone, Faces Dui Charges, Officers Say

By The Spokesman-Review
 

An 18-year-old woman was in intensive care and a 22-year-old man in jail Sunday after a wedding reception left him too drunk to drive, Idaho State Police said.

Angela R. Underdown of Coeur d’Alene was in critical condition with severe head injuries as a result of a one-car accident Saturday night, Cpl. Sean Daly said.

Officers arrested the car’s driver, Brian R. Gerber of Spokane, on two counts of aggravated driving under the influence.

Daly said Gerber was driving 88 mph in a 35 mph zone about 9:50 p.m. and had a blood-alcohol level almost twice the legal limit.

Gerber, Underdown and another passenger, Jennifer Hayes, had just left a wedding reception where they had been drinking, Daly said.

Gerber was driving east on Riverview Drive about a mile west of U.S. Highway 95 when he lost control on a curve.

The car slid sideways, hit a stump, spun and went over a bank. Daly said the car rolled and hit some bushes.

“As much speed as they had, they launched upward into some trees about six feet off the ground,” he said.

Officers found smashed beer bottles and ruptured beer cans in the bloody wreckage.

Underdown was in the front passenger seat, Daly said. She was taken to Kootenai Medical Center.

Gerber, 22, was taken to the hospital with minor facial injuries. He was treated, then taken to the Kootenai County Jail.

Hayes, 19, of Coeur d’Alene, who was sitting in the back seat, was treated for minor injuries to her head and legs.

Police said they believed all three were wearing seat belts.


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