Strange Car Crash Leads to Arrest
A Jefferson City woman is facing charges after a car accident on Highway 54 near the Nichols Road off ramp in Osage Beach. On Wednesday afternoon, a vehicle driven by 43-year old Ann Bennett went off the road and into a ditch. The car went through the ditch and into the westbound lanes of the highway where it hit the concrete median. The vehicle bounced off and went backwards in the westbound lanes before it went off the road and into a ditch between Highway 54 and the Nichols Road ramp. The car then went up the embankment and came to a stop against the guardrail on the Nichols Road off ramp. Bennett and a passenger, 31-year old Andrew Gilpin of Jefferson City were both taken to an area hospital. Gilpin would then be taken to a Columbia hospital for more treatment. Bennett is charged with DWI and careless and imprudent driving. Authorities say more charges are expected to be filed against her.