Charges expected in accident near Twisp

The Washington State Patrol said an Anchorage, Alaska, man would likely be charged with second-degree taking of a vehicle without permission and third-degree driving with a suspended license in connection with an accident last weekend near Twisp.

According to the State Patrol report, Wesley O. Nicoll, 28, was driving eastbound on Highway 20 about one mile east of Twisp at about 3 p.m. on Saturday (June 21) when the Suzuki Grand Vitara he was driving left the roadway to the right and came to rest approximately 200 feet down an embankment. Nicoll was injured and transported to Mid-Valley Hospital in Omak.

Nicoll was using a seatbelt, the report said. Drugs or alcohol may have been involved, the State Patrol said.


Winthrop man uninjured in Highway 97 accident

A Winthrop man escaped injury in an accident on Highway 97 north of Omak last week, the Washington State Patrol reported.

David P. Burgess, 39, was driving a Dodge Ram pickup truck and towing a travel trailer eastbound on Shumway Drive at about 1 p.m. on June 19 when he attempted a left turn onto northbound Highway 97, according to the State Patrol.

A Chevrolet Suburban driven by Xochil J. Rangel, 15, of Oroville was southbound on Highway 97 and struck the travel trailer that Burgess was towing, the State Patrol reported.

Burgess was wearing a seatbelt and was not injured, the report said. Drugs and alcohol apparently were not involved, the State Patrol said. The report said the cause of the accident was Burgess’s failure to yield, and that Burgess may be charged with that offense.

Rangel was wearing a seatbelt and was not injured, the State Patrol said. A passenger in his truck, 50-year-old Maria Lepe, whose address was not known, was injured and transported to Mid-Valley Hospital in Omak, the report said. She was also wearing a seatbelt.