In August of 2015, 20-year-old Jared Gerhardt was charged with a single count of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated causing serious injury. The accident took place in March, when Gerhardt was allegedly driving 100 mph before his Camaro veered toward a sign and ultimately left the road before rolling numerous times and coming to rest in a field.
Three people were in the vehicle when the crash occurred; Gerhardt, 20-year-old Austin Myers, and 17-year-old Wyatt M. Barry. Myers and Gerhardt were thrown from the car during the accident. Barry ran to a nearby residence for help, and told deputies upon their arrival that Myers had been driving Gerhardt’s Camaro initially, but at some point the two switched places. Before the crash occurred, news articles indicate Myers grabbed the wheel while Gerhardt was driving when the vehicle began leaving the road, then Gerhardt overcorrected causing him to lose control.
Gerhardt, now 21 years old, pleaded guilty to the charge which is a felony punishable by up to five years in prison. Austin Myers suffered a broken arm in the crash, and Gerhardt was very remorseful in court according to reports, saying that he made a very bad decision and got behind the wheel under the influence. He also said he felt bad that his friend was hurt in the accident.