Alcohol a factor in rollover wreck

By Kristen Tribe | Published Wednesday, September 4, 2013

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Alcohol played a part in a one-vehicle rollover between Alvord and Decatur about 9:30 Friday night.

Department of Public Safety Trooper Zeb Siebeneck said Danette Watson, 32, of Irving was driving southbound on U.S. 287 about five miles north of Decatur when she rolled her 2005 Ford Explorer.

2 People Injured

2 PEOPLE INJURED – Danette Watson, 32, of Irving will likely be charged with driving while intoxicated, according to Trooper Zeb Siebeneck, after rolling her Ford Explorer on U.S. 287 Friday night in a one-vehicle accident. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Her front-seat passenger, Jeremy Smith, 32, of Oklahoma, said he and Watson began arguing before the accident. He told the trooper that they pulled over, and he got out of the sport utility vehicle (SUV). Watson told him to get back inside, Smith returned and they continued southbound.

Smith told the trooper that Watson then grabbed at him. He threw her arm off, and she lost control of the vehicle. Siebeneck said the vehicle ran onto the right shoulder, and Watson overcorrected, sending the SUV careening across both soundbound lanes before rolling in the median. The vehicle landed on its wheels facing north.

Watson was extricated from the vehicle and flown by helicopter to John Peter Smith Hospital (JPS) in Forth Worth. Siebeneck said he expects she will be charged with driving while intoxicated.

Smith was not injured, but a backseat passenger, a man in his 50s, was taken by ground ambulance to JPS. Siebeneck said it appeared that the injured passenger is Watson’s father.

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