Teen charged in April rollover crash, accused of running over girl’s arm

2014-08-14T16:08:00Z 2014-08-15T01:02:11Z Teen charged in April rollover crash, accused of running over girl’s armBy EDDIE GREGG egregg@billingsgazette.com The Billings Gazette

A 19-year-old who made an initial court appearance Thursday is accused of driving drunk in April and rolling another person’s car after running over a girl’s arm and hitting a fuel pump at a Laurel gas station.

Summer Jade Underwood, who was 18 years old at the time of the crash, appeared in Yellowstone County Justice Court on a felony count of criminal endangerment and five misdemeanors in connection to the April 24 incident.

Charging documents say that at about 4:25 a.m. that day, officers responded to reports that a red vehicle was ramming a fuel pump at the Town Pump at 312 S. First Ave. in Laurel.

An officer located the vehicle, which was headed south, on Highway 212 about a mile and a half south of Interstate 90.

The officer reported the car was weaving all over the road, including into oncoming traffic.

The officer watched as the vehicle went off the west side of the road, hit a culvert at an intersection and rolled, coming to a stop on its roof, court records say.

The driver, identified as Underwood, was thrown part-way out of the vehicle.

Underwood, who smelled of alcohol, was unresponsive, according to prosecutors. After a few minutes, she started to make noises but initially couldn’t reply to questions.

Medical personnel airlifted her to St. Vincent Healthcare for treatment.

Meanwhile, police spoke with a 15-year-old girl who had reported being hit at the gas station by the vehicle involved in the crash, charging documents say.

The alleged victim said Underwood had called and asked for a ride to her home in Laurel. The girl said she and Underwood were acquaintances, but not close friends.

Using her mother’s vehicle, the girl picked up Underwood and started bringing her back to Laurel, court records say.

Underwood, who had been drinking at the Vegas Motel in Billings, was so drunk that she couldn’t remember where in Laurel she lived, the alleged victim told police.

The girl stopped at the gas station to ask for help. When she got out of the vehicle, she said, Underwood got into the driver’s seat and started the vehicle.

Underwood refused to stop, knocking down the girl and running over her arm. In the process, the driver’s side of the car hit a gas pump, court records say.

The victim was taken to St. Vincent Healthcare for treatment.

In addition to the criminal endangerment charge, Underwood is charged with misdemeanor counts of negligent vehicular assault, driving without a valid license, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, possession of alcohol by a person under the age 21 and a seat belt violation.

Judge David A. Carter set her bond at $7,500, ordered her to comply with  24/7 sobriety monitoring and scheduled her arraignment in District Court for Aug. 26.

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