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Man arrested after ATV crash

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Gazette Staff
April 7, 2008

Authorities arrested a Beloit man Sunday night for causing harm while drunken driving on an ATV after a crash sent his passenger by helicopter to a Rockford, Ill., hospital, according to a Rock County Sheriff’s Department news release.


Richard T. Hendricks, 26, Beloit, was arrested on charges of causing great bodily harm by intoxicated use of an ATV, operating on a roadway and a registration violation, according to the sheriff’s department.


According to the sheriff’s department:


Authorities were called at about 8:34 p.m. to Bradford/Clinton Townline Road and O’Riley Road, about 5 miles northeast of Clinton. Responders found that Hendricks was operating an ATV on the road with a passenger, Danielle Waltman, 23, rural Clinton, when the ATV overturned and ejected both occupants.


Because an ATV was involved, a Department of Natural Resources warden took Hendricks into custody, and the sheriff’s department assisted.


Waltman was listed in critical condition this morning at Rockford Memorial Hospital, while a condition for Hendricks was unavailable at Beloit Memorial Hospital by press time.



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