Emmet County Sheriff Mike Martens reports that three people received non-life threatening injuries early Wednesday morning as a result of a single vehicle crash. Sheriff Martens reports that the sheriff's office received a call Wednesday morning at 6:29 a.m. of a vehicle parked in the state wildlife area 2 miles west of Estherville north of 170th street in Emmet County.
Upon arrival on the scene and subsequent investigation by the sheriff's office, it was discovered that this unoccupied vehicle had actually been involved in a traffic accident that had occurred six hours earlier and the occupants had left the scene.
It was determined that the vehicle (a 2004 Audi owned by Aston Gellert of Estherville) had been traveling northbound on 350th avenue, failed to stop for the stop sign at 170th street, continued northbound through the T-intersection where the vehicle left the roadway vaulting 100 feet through the air before landing in a marsh where the vehicle then struck a downed tree and came to rest 385 feet north of 170th street in the wildlife area.
The owner and passenger of the vehicle Aston Gellert age (27) received minor injuries as well as the other two passengers, John Matos age (19) of Estherville and Jessica Brashear age (22) of Emmetsburg. The driver of the vehicle Chad Ukasick age (27) of Estherville was placed under arrest for driving with a suspended license, failure to stop for a stop sign, failure to maintain control, reckless driving, speeding, leaving the scene of a personal injury accident and an outstanding arrest warrant from Emmet County for contempt of court.
Ukasick was booked into the Emmet jail without incident. John Matos was also arrested for an outstanding arrest warrant from Emmet County, posted bond and was released. Thursday morning Ukasick was released from custody following his appearance before Emmet County Magistrate Judge John Kauer. The 2004 Audi received an estimated $10,000 damage.