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YCSO Deputies Tended To Three Strange Incidents On Memorial Day

Yavapai County Sheriff’s deputies had a busy holiday weekend.  Deputies responded to calls about an impaired tow truck driver who drove into a ditch, a driver who fell out of a moving vehicle and the discovery of a dead body inside a Coyote Springs home.  Just before 3 a.m. Monday morning, YCSO Deputies were dispatched to the report of the tow truck in a ditch on Dragon Lane in Prescott Valley.  Multiple witnesses say they saw the driver, 29-year-old Christian Smith of Rimrock, driving the truck intoxicated.   Deputies located the tow truck in the ditch and noted the property damage caused by it. Smith showed signs of impairment and a field sobriety test was conducted to which he failed.  He was arrested for DUI.  On Monday afternoon, YCSO responded to the call that a driver fell out of her moving vehicle on Thumb Butte Road.  Upon interviewing 49-year-old Crystal Chadwell, she said she was driving the vehicle when the car’s brakes failed, which caused her to swerve to slow down. In doing so, the door opened, and she fell out and was struck by the back tire. She suffered a broken arm and some cuts and scrapes.  The investigation showed a positive result for methamphetamine.  Chadwell was cited for DUI and other traffic offenses.  Also on Monday morning, YCSO detectives were dispatched to the report that the body of deceased male was found in his Coyote Springs home.  Detectives are investigating the circumstances of this death.



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