State troopers say driving under the influence of alcohol was the cause of a single-vehicle accident in Osage County Monday. According to reports from the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, the personal injury collision occurred at approximately 12:30 a.m. on State Highway 18 at County Road 4020 which is located 4.4 miles south and 0.2 miles east of Shidler city limits in Osage County.


At that time, troopers said a 2014 Dodge Ram pickup driven by 24-year-old Colton Vance Waters of Pawnee, was eastbound on Highway 18, and approaching a right curve. The vehicle “failed to negotiate the curve and crossed the centerline.” The vehicle then traveled approximately 159 feet, departed the roadway left approximately 180 feet and struck a ditch, before continuing approximately 69 feet east across County Road 4020. It came to a rest in the ditch.


Waters was transported by private vehicle to Fairfax Hospital in stable condition with a facial injury. One passgenger, 19-year-old Jarred Michael Mitchell of Pawnee, also was transported by private vehicle to Fairfax Hospital before being transferred by ambulance to St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa in stable condition with a trunk internal injury.


Troopers listed Waters’ condition at the time of the accident as “DUI–Alcohol” and the cause of the collision as “DUI.”