Verdict Announced on Case of Man Charged with DUI and Child Endangerment Case
Nicolaas Myrtle, 29, the father who was charged with two counts of child endangerment and driving under the influence, received his verdict Thursday afternoon.
Myrtle was found guilty on one count of child endangerment, in which one of his daughters became paralyzed from the waist down from injuries resulting from the accident. Myrtle's attorney, Adam Ryan, said that the jury found him guilty on one count of child endangerment because the child was not secured in the proper car seat.
Ryan also said the jury also found him guilty on two special allegations in relation to the one count of child endangerment including bodily injury and paralysis.
The jury was hung on the count of child endangerment involving Myrtle's other daughter, who faced injuries but not paralysis from the accident. They were also hung on the charge that Myrtle was driving under the influence when the accident occurred.
Investigators said Myrtle was under the influence of prescription drugs and medical marijuana when he crashed in Cottonwood in March.
His sentencing date is set for October 27th.
There will be a retrial on the counts that the jury did not reach a verdict on in November.
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