On 07/02/2016 at 7:56 a.m. the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a one vehicle accident in the 380 block of 430th Street. Upon investigation it was determined that at around 5:30 a.m. a 2005 Ford F-150 driven by an unidentified Hispanic male was traveling eastbound on 430th Street when he lost control of the vehicle and entered the south ditch. The vehicle went airborne as it entered a bean field and subsequently rolled over before coming to rest on its passenger side. The Ford is deemed a total loss. The investigation into the operator of the Ford at the time of the accident is ongoing.
A passenger in the vehicle was located in the area of the accident scene near the intersection of 430th Street and 380th Avenue. The passenger was identified as Jose Anibal Escobar, 40, of Estherville. Following contact with Escobar, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office arrested Escobar charging him with Public Intoxication, a simple misdemeanor. Escobar was transported to the Palo Alto County Jail, without incident, were he was booked into jail to await his initial appearance before the judge.
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