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Police: Drunk driver injures teenage pedestrian

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Posted at 12:26 PM, Jul 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-18 14:26:47-04

A New Plymouth man is charged with aggravated DUI after deputies say he struck and injured a teenage pedestrian.

About 8 p.m. Thursday, Payette County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to an injury collision involving a pedestrian on Ada Road in New Plymouth.

When deputies arrived, they found Curtis Harwell, 62, of New Plymouth, had been driving a 2011 Dodge pickup north on Ada Road. “Two male juveniles, ages 14 and 17, were walking northbound on Ada Road along the west side of the road. Harwell crossed over the southbound lane of travel and hit the 14-year-old juvenile. Harwell continued driving off of the road and into a field ditch, before coming to a stop,” said Lt. Andy Creech.

The teengers was transported to St. Luke’s Hospital in Fruitland, then later transferred to St. Luke’s Hospital in Boise for multiple fractures to one of his legs, according to Creech.

He said Harwell failed field sobriety tests and had a blood alcohol content level higher than .08.

Harwell was arrested for Aggravated DUI.

He was released on bond Friday.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for July 26th.