DAVID M. COATS

A Licking man faces felony charges after a Missouri State Highway Patrol investigation of a crash Sept. 15 in Licking.

David M. Coats, 20, of 19673 Bean Creek Drive at Licking, is charged with class E felonies of driving while intoxicated – physical injury and leaving the scene of an accident – physical injury, along with misdemeanor careless and imprudent driving involving an accident.

According to a probable cause statement, a trooper responded at about 6:45 p.m. to a call from the Licking Police Department to locate a truck that had been involved in a crash at Highway 32 and Sugar Maple Drive and left the scene. At about 7 p.m., the trooper reportedly observed the vehicle in the driveway of an Ogden Drive residence, and a woman standing outside stated Coats was inside.

The officer entered the home and made contact with Coats, who reportedly admitted to being the driver of the pickup. The trooper detained Coats, and noticed he smelled of alcohol and could not stand without assistance.

Investigation revealed that the crash occurred when a 34-year-old woman had stopped to make a left turn from Highway 32 onto Sugar Maple Drive, and Coats rear-ended her vehicle and then fled. The woman sustained unreported injuries and was transported by private vehicle for treatment at Texas County Memorial Hospital.

Coats is in the Texas County Jail with a bond set at $250,000.

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