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May 30, 2012

5 injured in weekend accidents

CULLMAN — Five people were injured in two separate vehicle accidents in Cullman County over the Memorial Day weekend.

Autumn Peek, 17, of Cullman, Autumn Boatright, 16, of Hanceville, and Jonathan Bishop, 21, of Cullman, were all hurt in a single-car wreck on Moehring Road near Good Hope around 11:24 p.m. Friday night. According to Alabama State Trooper reports, they were passengers in a 2006 Honda. Peek and Bishop were wearing seatbelts.

On Saturday, Cullman resident Frank Baker, 37, was injured in a single-car accident on County Road 1212, five miles north of West Point. He was driving a 1999 Chevrolet. His passenger, Chrissy Baker, 30, was also hurt. Both were wearing seatbelts.

The Alabama State Troopers are still investigation the accidents.

Though neither of the local wrecks were fatal, troopers did investigate three traffic fatalities across the state over the holiday weekend, which is a reduction compared to the seven traffic fatalities that troopers investigated in 2011.

The three fatal crashes occurred in Walker, Madison, and Winston counties. Preliminary investigations indicate that in two of the three crashes, seat belts were not used. In the third fatal crash, a motorcyclist was killed.

Locally, it was relatively quiet for law enforcement agencies.

According to Cullman County Sheriff’s Office reports, deputies had no driving under the influence (DUI) arrests or public intoxication arrests. As of deadline Tuesday night, Cullman County Sheriff Mike Rainey did not have the number of citations handed out.

Cullman police also saw little action over the holiday weekend. Reports indicate the department made four DUI arrests and two public intoxication arrests. It's also unknown how many citations were written for insurance and driver license violations.

* Ashley Graves can be reached by phone at 734-2131, ext. 225, or by email at agraves@cullmantimes.com

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