Originally Published: February 16, 2008 8:15 p.m.
PRESCOTT - A 55-year-old Mayer man suffered non-life threatening injuries Wednesday afternoon after he drove his pickup into a guardrail and flipped it on South Highway 89 near milepost 309.
Prescott Police Department officers determined that the driver, Richard Bebber, had been drinking hard liquor at a bar prior to the single-vehicle accident and they later charged him with misdemeanor DUI.
Firefighters with Prescott Fire Department and Central Yavapai Fire District treated Bebber at the scene. Paramedics subsequently transported Bebber via ambulance to Yavapai Regional Medical Center, where he later complained of severe neck and back pain.
Officers say that shortly after 1 p.m. Wednesday, Bebber was traveling 52-plus mph in a 45 mph zone on the highway when he overturned his 1978 Ford pickup.
He was approaching Walden Road when he lost control of his truck and began to skid, exiting the southbound lane of 89 and onto Walden Road.
When the vehicle returned to 89 in the southbound lane, Bebber crossed the double-yellow line and drove into the northbound lane.
Shortly afterward, the pickup's front right bumper hit the guardrail, causing the vehicle to spin counterclockwise and land on its passenger side.