A man was taken to the Benewah Community Hospital – and charged with several misdemeanors – after a car crash ejected him from his vehicle.

According to the Benewah County Sheriff’s Office, Alan Grimes is recovering in the hospital from “severe injuries to his abdomen” after crashing an open-topped vehicle at high speeds on State 3 near Soldier Creek. He has been charged with driving with a suspended license, possession of a controlled substance and driving with an open container of alcohol in the vehicle.

Sheriff Dave Resser said the accident occurred at 7:23 p.m. Aug. 8. Dispatch received a call from a resident along the highway who said a motorist had come to his home reporting the accident.

The motorist said saw the suspect approaching her at a high rate of speed from behind her, going in the same direction. Concerned about a possible collision, the driver pulled to the side as the vehicle passed at excessive speed.

As he did, Grimes lost control of the vehicle and went off the road onto an embankment, reportedly flipping the car up to ten feet in the air. The driver was ejected from the car during the crash, as the vehicle had an open top.

Fortunately, the driver he had passed was a registered nurse, identified by the sheriff as Sandra Lawrence. She and husband Ryan Lawrence proceeded to assist the driver and direct traffic as emergency services responded.

Grimes suffered extensive injuries to his torso in the accident. He was taken to Benewah Community Hospital, and has not been released.

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