On January 6th, 2021, at 08:59, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office investigated a motor vehicle accident in the 4400-blk 280th Street. Following an investigation, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office determined that Kevin Shumate (61) of Fenton was driving a 2007 Chrysler PT Cruiser east in the 4400 block of 280th Street and lost control of his motor vehicle, which then slid sideways into the south ditch, rolled once and came to rest on its top. Shumate sustained only minor injuries in the accident. Shumate’s vehicle sustained an estimated $5,000.00 in damages from the accident. The Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office cited Kevin Shumate for operating a motor vehicle without a valid driver’s license and failure to reduce speed to a reasonable and proper rate, which are both simple misdemeanors.

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