Merrick County deputies investigate two Wednesday night crashes; alcohol suspected

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — The Merrick County Sheriff’s Office thinks two Wednesday night crashes are alcohol-related.

The first crash happened just before 9:30 p.m. at the intersection of Highway 30 and 8th Road east of Chapman, according to deputies.

A northbound Ford Fusion missed the stop sign on 8th Road, stopping in the middle of the intersection instead. That stop caused a westbound semi to swerve before hitting the sedan’s rear.

The Fusion’s driver, 65-year-old Frederick Rauch, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence. No injuries were reported.

The second crash happened about an hour later west of Chapman near the intersection of I Road and 2nd Road.

Deputies say a southbound motorcycle came off the road and rolled into a ditch. The motorcyclist, 58-year-old Clayton Carruth, suffered severe injuries and was taken to a Grand Island hospital.

Authorities think alcohol was a factor in Carruth’s crash. The crash remains under investigation.

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