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Speed a factor in wreck
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A vehicle crash on Sparta Highway left this Jeep Liberty on its side. The incident occurred Friday morning and resulted in a citation for possession of meth. - photo by Lisa Hobbs

A rollover wreck occurred on Sparta Highway on Friday morning.

“He was going faster than he needed to be,” said Highway Patrol Sgt. Kevin Ballew, of McMinnville resident Joshua Keith Barnes, 28.

Barnes was traveling inbound on Old Rock Island Road driving a 2002 Jeep Liberty. 

Motorists must yield at Highway 70S rather than stop. 

According to Ballew, Barnes attempted a right turn onto the highway to continue coming inbound. 

“When he came off Old Rock Island Road, he attempted to take a right onto Highway 70,” said Ballew. “He took it too fast and practically shot across the highway. He went into the median, into a ditch and struck an embankment. The vehicle went airborne.”

Gravity then took over. 

“The vehicle ended up on its side facing outbound,” said Ballew. “I think it went airborne, twisted and when it landed, rolled onto its side. It came to rest in the median.”

The passenger, as well as owner of the vehicle, was Sarah Bennett, 28. Neither reported injuries and declined examination by Warren County EMS.

Barnes was cited for failure to exercise due care and possession of methamphetamine.