Sioux County Sheriff

Wrong-way driver arrested following motor vehicle accident – August 7

On Friday, August 7, at 11:34 p.m., the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office arrested Mizael Partida-Hernandez, age 31, of Little Rock, IA.

The arrest stemmed from a motor vehicle accident that occurred following multiple reports of a Jeep driving dangerously and traveling southbound in the northbound lanes of Highway 60, one-quarter mile south of Hospers, IA.

Partida-Hernandez was driving a 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee southbound in the northbound lane of Highway 60. Richard Wagner, age 65, of Laurel, DE, was driving a 2021 Kenworth semi-tractor-pulling a freight trailer northbound on Highway 60. The two struck, Partida-Hernandez left the location of  where the accident occurred but was located shortly after by deputies in Hospers.

No injuries were reported.

The Jeep sustained approximately $5,000 in damage. The Kenworth sustained approximately $20,000 in damage.

Deputies suspected that Partida-Hernandez was under the influence of alcohol.

Partida-Hernandez was transported to the Sioux County Jail where he was charged with operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident, open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle and driving on wrong side of a highway.