On Aug. 22 at 8:35 p.m., The Crawford County Sheriff’s Department was notified of a vehicle that crashed into a residence in at 606 Church Street in the village of Soldiers Grove. A 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee driven by Richard J. Puryear, 25, Rockford, was operating northbound on Church Street when Puryear lost control of the vehicle causing it to flip and come to rest against a residence. The residence sustained damage due to the crash. Puryear and his passenger Thomas T. Ashley, 22, Alken, S.C., were transported to Vernon Memorial Hospital.
Puryear was charged with operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of an intoxicant, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Ashley was charged with possession of marijuana.
Assisting the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department were the North Crawford Rescue, Soldiers Grove Fire Department, Digger Don’s Towing and Vernon Memorial Hospital.