A 22-year-old Maryville, Missouri, man suffered serious injuries Wednesday night in a head-on crash involving a vehicle traveling more than 100 mph in the wrong direction on Interstate 29 in Andrew County.
Austin P. Cross was a passenger in a Jeep Patriot that was struck head-on by another vehicle heading northbound in the southbound lanes of I-29. Cross was taken to Mosaic Life Care in a medical helicopter. The Missouri State Highway Patrol described his injuries as serious.
The driver of the Jeep Patriot, 21-year-old Corey H. Brueggeman of Wentzville, Missouri, suffered minor injuries, according to a Highway Patrol report. Both he and Cross were wearing seat belts. Brueggeman is a student at Northwest Missouri State University.
The Highway Patrol said the driver of the wrong-way vehicle, 52-year-old Roger J. Moe of St. Joseph, was not injured.
Moe was arrested and charged Thursday with driving while intoxicated, resisting arrest, driving in the wrong direction and exceeding the posted speed limit by 26 mph or more. The patrol reported that Moe’s vehicle, a GMC Acadia, was going 110 mph in a 70 mph zone.
Patrol officers at the scene said Moe drove away in the wrong direction when officers arrived to investigate a vehicle parked on the side of the highway.