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Two people injured in 3-vehicle collision

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A Prescott police officer picks up an open bottle of bourbon next to one of the vehicles. Police said the bottle probably broke upon impact.

Matt Hinshaw/The Daily Courier<br> A Prescott police officer picks up an open bottle of bourbon next to one of the vehicles. Police said the bottle probably broke upon impact.

Two people injured Wednesday afternoon in a three-vehicle collision on Highway 89 at Willow Creek Road were taken to Yavapai Regional Medical Center for further treatment.

"A 1988 gray Mercedes driven by Charles Myers, 73, of Paulden was stopped in the southbound lane of Highway 89 at the traffic light when a 1997 Hyundai Elantra rear-ended him," said Lt. Andy Reinhardt, spokesman for the Prescott Police Department.

Christine Evans, 37, of Prescott, the driver of a 2008 Toyota Sienna van, then collided with the Hyundai, Reinhardt said. Evans had a 4-year-old child in the van who was not injured, Reinhardt said.

Cody Seel, 20, of El Mirage, the driver of the Hyundai, was cited for driving on a suspended license and with no proof of insurance, and failure to control a vehicle to avoid a collision, Reinhardt said. Seel had three passengers in his car: Sandy Stephenson, 40, of El Mirage; Christopher Shriver, 25, a transient; and Tamarah Smith, Reinhardt said.

Shriver and Stephenson were taken to YRMC where Shriver was treated for minor injuries, and Stephenson sought treatment for injuries including a broken arm, Reinhardt said.

Officers found a broken bottle of whiskey at the accident scene and noticed Seel smelled of alcohol, Reinhardt said.

"The officer had Seel take a breath test and he blew a zero, so we think the bottle may have broken in the crash and soaked his clothes," Reinhardt said.

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