Driver in fatal wreck arrested

Corey Robert Lovett, 22, of Cottonwood, was taken into custody in Cottonwood on July 23 at about 5 p.m.

According to the Cottonwood police report, Lovett faces one count of alleged manslaughter, four counts of alleged aggravated assault and one count of alleged aggravated driving while impaired. The charges stem from a wreck that occurred on July 20 at about 1 a.m., when Ryan Spude, 21, of Cornville, was killed and five passengers were injured.

Police allege that Lovett was operating the vehicle under the influence of alcohol and was allegedly driving an estimated 57 mph in a 25–mph zone. Police report that Spude was pronounced dead on the scene and Lindsey Villas, 20, of Cottonwood, Barry Sinman, 20, of Flagstaff and a 16-year-old Cottonwood boy were transported to Verde Valley Medical Center for treatment. One passenger was air lifted to Flagstaff Medical and another was air lifted to John C. Lincoln Hospital in Phoenix.

According to the police report, the vehicle driven by Lovett lost control and wrecked in the 900 block of Cove Parkway. The report continues that evidence was submitted to the Department of Public Safety's laboratory for processing for alcohol concentration. Subsequent to a communication with Yavapai County Chief Deputy County Attorney Jim Landis, officers were instructed to arrest Lovett.

Lovett was booked at Cottonwood Police Department and transported to Yavapai County Detention Center in Camp Verde. Police report that Lovett had suffered a broken ankle and a concussion from the wreck and that none of the occupants of the vehicle were thought to be wearing seatbelts. Officials who responded to the scene reported that the injuries would have been significantly less if seatbelts were used.

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