UPDATE: Authorities release more details about SUV vs combine crash

Published: Aug. 24, 2017 at 10:56 PM CDT
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The Jones County Sheriff's Office has released additional details about a Thursday night crash involving an SUV and a combine.

Deputies said the crash happened around 8:30 p.m. on Highway 151, about 4 miles southwest of Monticello.

According to a news release, 36-year-old Paula Rigopoulos of Galena, Illinois, was driving a GMC Yukon northbound on Highway 151 when she crashed into a northbound combine. The SUV rolled several times after hitting the combine before coming to rest in the ditch.

The combine was able to pull off the road and stop. It sustained only minor damage. The SUV was a total loss.

The two adults and two children under age 10 in the SUV all signed refusals to be taken to a hospital. The combine driver was not injured.

Deputies arrested Rigopoulos at the scene. She is charged with Operating While Intoxicated, child endangerment, and failure to maintain control.



The Jones County Sheriff's Office says Highway 151 was down to one lane after a vehicle crashed into the back of a combine Thursday night.

Sheriff Greg Graver says both the sports utility vehicle and the combine were driving north on Highway 151 near County Road E17, by Monticello at 8:34 p.m. when the crash happened.

He says there were two adults and two children under 10 years old in the vehicle. They all refused treatment.

A deputy arrested the driver on suspicion of Driving Under the Influence.

The SUV's front took the brunt of the damage. The combine had minimal damage.