Injuries Reported In Suspected DUI Accident Near Mason City

A two-vehicle accident sent the driver and passenger of a vehicle to the hospital with suspected injuries on Sunday, March 7.

According to the accident report from the Custer County Sheriff’s Office, John Holmes, 63 of Sargent, was driving north in a 2006 Chrysler Town and Country on Highway 183 at approximately 7:07 PM, when he crossed the centerline and into the southbound lanes. At the same time a 2013 Chevrolet Silverado pulling a tandem axle trailer, driven by 40 year old, Jennifer Sughroue of Amherst, was traveling south on Highway 183.

According to the report, Sughroue observed the van cross the centerline and was able to drive into the northbound lane to avoid hitting the van with the pickup, but the van made impact with the trailer. The impact sent the Town and Country into the ditch where it came to rest.

Holmes was transported to Melham Medical Center by Ansley Rescue with suspected minor injuries to his legs. David Rhoade, 59 of Sargent, who was a passenger in the van, was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney, by Ansley Rescue, with suspected serious injuries to his entire body. Neither occupant was wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash, but airbags deployed in the vehicle.

Sughroue was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident and while she was not taken to the hospital, the accident report states that there was a possible injury to her spine.

Holmes was not issued a citation at the time of the accident, but was later arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol causing serious bodily injury, aggravated DUI (BAC .15 or above), and willful reckless driving. He made his first appearance in Custer County Court on Tuesday, March 9.