Sedalia man injured in Morgan County crash faces multiple charges

Lake Sun Staff,
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A Sedalia man was injured and is facing multiple charges after crashing his vehicle in the early morning hours of Tuesday on Highway 5 in Morgan County. 

John Washausen, 31, was driving north in a 2002 Ford Windstar when he crossed the center of the road, traveled off the left side and struck a utility pole just north of Valley Road, according to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report. Washausen, who was not wearing a safety device, was minorly injured and taken by Mid Missouri Ambulance to Lake Regional Hospital. 

Washausen is facing multiple charges which include felony possession of methamphetamine, driving without a seat belt, failure to drive on the right half of the roadway resulting in a crash and operating a vehicle without a valid license. He also had a warrant from the Sedalia Police Department for failure to appear in court for a traffic offense and a Pettis County warrant for failure to register a motor vehicle and operating a vehicle without a valid license. He was placed in the Morgan County Jail on a 24-hour hold. 

The Ford Windstar was deemed totaled and towed from the scene. The Highway Patrol was assisted by the Morgan County Sheriff's Office in its response.