BCSO: Driver rolls car into water, facing DUI charge


WHITE – A man is facing charges after he allegedly lost consciousness behind the wheel and rolled his vehicle into a body of water Wednesday, according to the Brookings County Sheriff’s Office.

The accident was reported at 6:35 p.m. Wednesday and occurred on Interstate 29 near mile marker 140, Assistant Chief Scott Sebring said.

Quinn E. Peterson, 24, of Toronto, was driving a 2012 Chrysler 200 LX north on I-29 and lost consciousness, Sebring said.

“The vehicle crossed the left lane and (went) into the median, across the southbound lane of traffic, went through a fence, off an embankment, vaulting into the air, and landing upside down in a body of water,” Sebring said.

“The driver was able to get out of the vehicle and was transported to the Brookings hospital with unknown injuries,” he added.

“The driver was believed to be intoxicated from ingesting a toxic substance,” Sebring said. 

Peterson was arrested on suspicion of inhaling a substance to become intoxicated, third degree DUI, and reckless driving. 

The Chrysler is a total loss, Sebring said.

Also responding were the White Fire Department and White Ambulance.

The accident is under investigation with the Brookings County Sheriff’s Office.

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