[Vision2020] Carnival Worker Claims Passengers Having Sex Caused Car Crash

Tom Hansen thansen at moscow.com
Tue Sep 18 17:10:53 PDT 2007

>From today's (September 18, 2007) Moscow-Pullman Daily News -


Carnival worker claims passengers having sex caused Saturday car crash
Staff report

September 18, 2007

A 22-year-old Latah County Fair carnival worker pleaded guilty Monday to a
reduced misdemeanor after he said he lost control of the Chevrolet S-10
Blazer he was driving because of the movements and motions of two passengers
having sex in the backseat of the vehicle.

According to an affidavit of probable cause, Joshua D. Frank was traveling
eastbound on Sixth Street around 1 a.m. Saturday and lost control of the
vehicle when the motions of the people in the back seat caused the Blazer to
become "tippy" and lose control before colliding with a telephone pole.

According to the affidavit, Frank said he tried to avoid the telephone pole,
but was unable to turn out of a skid.

According to the affidavit, Frank said he did not remember anything
following the accident, but somehow made his way to his trailer at the
carnival where he went to sleep. When he woke up, Frank said he was told by
co-workers at the carnival that the police were searching for him. At 10:47
a.m., he turned himself in at the police station.

Frank suffered a 2-inch gash on his forehead and the other two passengers
were treated for injuries, according to the affidavit.

Frank originally was charged with a felony count of leaving the scene of an
accident, but the charges were later reduced to a misdemeanor count of
failing to notify police of a traffic accident. He was fined $188 for the

Latah County Prosecutor Bill Thompson said after reviewing the evidence, the
county determined the misdemeanor charges better fit the incident.

Frank told police he had not been drinking, according to the affidavit.


Tom Hansen
Moscow, Idaho

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