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Alcohol blamed in head-on crash near Guthrie, Oklahoma Highway Patrol reports

A man was arrested on complaints of drunken driving and child endangerment after he crashed into a tractor-trailer Wednesday with his 5-year-old son in the vehicle near Guthrie.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Modified: May 16, 2013 at 5:12 pm •  Published: May 16, 2013

— A man was arrested on complaints of drunken driving and child endangerment after a crash that landed him and his son in the hospital Wednesday, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reports.

John Withers, 35, of Guthrie, was driving a pickup westbound on State Highway 105 in Logan County about 3:15 p.m. when he hit a tractor-trailer head-on, the patrol reported.

Withers and his 5-year-old son, Wyatt Withers, were taken to OU Medical Center, according to the report.

The boy, who was properly restrained in a child safety seat, was in good condition Thursday, a hospital spokeswoman said. She did not release information about Withers, but the patrol reported he was in critical condition.

The driver of the tractor-trailer, Curtis Strickland, 52, of Covington, was treated for arm and hand injuries at St. Anthony Hospital in Oklahoma City and was released.

Both Withers and Strickland wore seat belts, the patrol reports.

Withers was arrested based on evidence at the scene, statements made to paramedics at the scene and observations made at the hospital, according to the patrol report.


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