CUSTER COUNTY— A driver, who crashed his vehicle on Highway 183, said he fell asleep at the wheel according to a police report by the Custer County Sheriff’s Office. A juvenile, with the initials GT, was driving northbound on highway 183 between Ansley and Sargent at approximately 5:45 P.M. on Saturday, September 8, when he fell asleep at the wheel.
The 1998 Chevrolet Cavalier left the road to the west and crossed through the ditch and crashed into an embankment. The vehicle continued over the embankment and traveled through a barbed wire fence, spun a 180 degree turn and came to a stop facing east. According the police report, a seat belt was used as well as the airbag being deployed on the driver side of the vehicle.
The original report stated that GT was going to be transported to Melham Medical Center by another vehicle, but when the Sheriff’s deputies arrived, they were unable to locate the driver. After an investigation, the driver was located at his home near Sargent and issued a citation for improper use of his school permit. No injuries were reported. The approximate cost of the damage to the fence was valued at $1,000 and the vehicle was listed as being totaled.