On 06/11/2022 at 7:22 a.m. the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a one vehicle accident at the intersection of 490th Street and 430th Avenue.

Upon investigation it as determined that at around 3:00 a.m. a silver 2015 GMC Terrain, driven by and registered to Joeseph Ray Painter of Laurens, was westbound on 490th Street. The GMC would cross over the centerline into the eastbound traffic lane before entering the south ditch, striking a road sign post owned by the Palo Alto County Secondary Roads. The GMC would continue through the ditch striking the ditch embankment at the intersection before coming to rest back on the roadway.

Painter was not injured in the accident. The GMC is deemed a total loss sustaining an estimated $14,000.00 in damage. Painter was issued a citation for failure to maintain control, a simple misdemeanor.

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