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Leadington Police Chief injured in accident

A suspected drunk driver plowed his car into the Leadington police chief’s vehicle early Saturday morning in Madison County.

Fredericktown police handled the accident. The officer who filed the report did not return a phone call before press time.

According to Leadington Police Chief Rick Pogue, he was eastbound on Missouri 72 shortly after midnight when a driver on the exit ramp at the U.S. 67 overpass ran into the passenger side of his 2011 Dodge Durango.

Pogue said the driver of the 2007 Dodge Ram pickup took off after striking the passenger side of his car. Fredericktown police caught the man later in the downtown area. The man was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. There also were two warrants for the man’s arrest, Pogue said.

Pogue, who went to the emergency room at Madison County Hospital, was sore on Saturday, but expected to be back at work on Monday.

Pogue’s car sustained extensive damage.

An Arcadia man received moderate injuries Sunday when his 1993 Olds Cutlass overturned in Iron County.

According to the Missouri Highway Patrol, Austin R. Cole, 23, was eastbound on Route E at 12:35 a.m. when his vehicle skidded off the left side of the road. It struck two highway signs and overturned in a creek, two miles west of Arcadia.

Cole, who had not been wearing a seat belt, was taken by ambulance to Mineral Area Regional Medical Center.

Damage to the vehicle was listed as total.

Cole was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated and failure to drive on the right half of the road.

A Mineral Point woman received minor injuries Saturday when her 2001 Ford Taurus was struck by a 1995 Mercury Grand Marquis in Washington County.

According to the Highway Patrol, Lester L. Windsor, 67, of Park Hills, was westbound on Old Highway 8 at 5:50 p.m. when his Mercury crossed over the center line, into the path of the eastbound Ford. The front left corner of the Mercury struck the front left corner of the Ford, east of Hopewell Road.

Beulah B. Townsend, 64, the driver of the Ford, was taken by ambulance to Washington County Memorial Hospital. No injuries were listed for Windsor. Both had been wearing seat belts.

Damage to each vehicle was listed as total.

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