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Mesa boy may face charge in DUI-related crash

Connell boy airlifted to Spokane hospital following incident

OTHELLO — A Mesa boy may be facing criminal charges associated with an alleged driving while under the influence crash early this morning, Sunday, Jan. 9.

Shaden K. Sullivan, 16, of Mesa, and Daniel Sandoval, 15, of Connell, were both injured in the 7:01 a.m. crash on state Highway 17, near Milepost 25, the Washington State Patrol reported. Both teenagers were taken to an Othello hospital, and Sandoval was subsequently airlifted to Sacred Heart Hospital in Spokane.

There conditions were not immediately released.

Sullivan was driving a 2005 Toyota 4Runner northbound on the highway at the time of the crash, the patrol reported. Sandoval was his passenger.

The vehicle swerved, left the roadway and overturned on the shoulder, coming to rest about 20 feet off the highway, the patrol reported, noting both boys were wearing seatbelts.

The patrol said alcohol or drugs are believed to be a factor in the crash.

The cause is listed as driving while under the influence, the patrol said.

The crash remains under investigation and charges are pending.

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