Douglas County Sheriff’s officers on Wednesday were investigating a two-vehicle head-on wreck that happened Tuesday night south of Clinton Lake.
Tuesday night accident
Sgt. Steve Lewis, a sheriff’s spokesman, said 22-year-old Candace Stebbins of rural Overbrook was taken to Lawrence Memorial Hospital for treatment of injuries that were not believed to be life threatening. An LMH spokeswoman said Wednesday she was treated and released.
At 9:30 p.m. she was driving her 1997 Chevrolet east on County Road 458 near East 650 Road, which is northwest of the town of Lone Star. Lewis said her car was struck head-on by a westbound 2000 Dodge Neon that had drifted left of the center line.
The Neon’s driver fled the accident scene.
About four hours later, officers interviewed Taylor Brown, 21, rural Lawrence, the registered owner of the Neon, which had an expired license plate.
“He said the vehicle was possibly stolen and denied driving the Neon or being involved in the accident,” Lewis said.
But deputies also noticed “fresh cuts to Brown’s forehead, knee and both arms,” Lewis said.
Lewis said Wednesday afternoon that after further investigation and interviews with deputies, Brown admitted he drove the Neon during the accident.
Lewis said Brown was cited to appear in court later for eight violations, including leaving the scene of an injury accident, failing to report an injury accident and render aid, violating license restrictions, violating use of an ignition interlock device, having an expired vehicle registration, no insurance and not wearing a seat belt.