Brown County Sheriff 9.23.2023

At approximately 11:20 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23, a Brown County deputy on routine patrol near U.S. Highway 75 and U.S. Highway 36, encountered a vehicle driving with defective headlights and emitting sparks from the undercarriage. The eastbound vehicle — a Toyota 4-Runner — was stopped in Fairview and appeared that it had recently been involved in an accident. The deputy initiated a traffic stop and made contact with the driver, Nixon Castro, 18, of Hiawatha. Approximately two minutes after the stop, dispatch then notified officers that a rollover accident was reported near mile marker 340, which is west of Fairview. According to information received from investigating the accident, a Toyota Yaris was eastbound on U.S. Highway 36 west of Fairview when a Toyota 4-Runner, also eastbound, side swiped the Yaris on the drivers side of the vehicle, causing damage to both vehicles. This caused the Yaris to leave the roadway and the vehicle ended up rolling. The driver of the Yaris — Eduardo Ganzales, 47 — was uninjured, but the two other occupants had non life threatening injuries. They refused medical treatment. The Toyota 4-Runner also left the roadway going through a soybean field and destroyed some field fencing, and then continued east on U.S. Highway 36 until it was stopped by the deputy. There were no injuries reported in the Toyota 4-Runner. Castro was arrested on charges of driving under the influence, transport open container, reckless driving and failure to report an accident.


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