Truck Sorely Hurt, Passengers Not


After putting only 2,800 miles on his 1999 Ford Ranger, 23-year-old Matthew Schroeder wrecked the bright red truck Saturday morning on a curvy section of Highway 87 just south of Payson.

The southbound truck swerved and flipped about a mile and a half south of the infamous Corvair Curve just after 10 a.m. Saturday, said Department of Public Safety Officer Jim Oestmann.

Schroeder and his passenger, 37-year-old Nathaniel Teller of Mesa, were transported to Payson Regional Medical Center, where Schroeder was treated and released for what Oestmann described as minor injuries. Teller was kept overnight for observation and was released Sunday.

Because Schroeder had been drinking and he had a passenger, he was arrested for aggravated assault, Oestmann said Monday.

The hospital reported to DPS that Schroeder's blood-alcohol content was .25, or two and a half times the legal limit.

"(The driver) said he really wasn't sure what happened," Oestmann said.

Schroeder was being held Monday in the Gila County Jail in Payson on a $2,500 bond awaiting his preliminary hearing, Oestmann said.

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