One dead, one in critical condition following suspected DUI rollover

LITTLEFIELD, Arizona – One man is dead and another man is in critical condition following a single-vehicle rollover early Saturday morning, which authorities said may have been related to alcohol and speed.

At about 6:05 a.m., Mohave County Sheriff’s deputies and Mesquite Fire responded to the scene where a Ford Excursion had rolled in the area of Scenic Boulevard, at mile marker 2, in Littlefield, Arizona.

Passenger Albert Wharton, 39, of Mesquite, Nevada, was able to call 911 and was eventually assisted by a passerby regarding their location, Mohave County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Specialist Patricia Carter said.

Upon arrival, deputies and fire personnel located Wharton and the two other men who had both been ejected from the Ford during the rollover, Carter said.

The driver, 41-year-old Travis Hughes, of Mesquite, Nevada, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The second passenger, 40-year-old Bartlett Stephenson, of Littlefield, Arizona, sustained head trauma, multiple broken ribs, a broken arm and leg and internal injuries. He was airlifted to University Medical Center in Las Vegas by Mercy Air and he is currently listed in critical condition, Carter said.

Wharton sustained minor injuries during the collision and was transported to Mesa View Regional Hospital where he was treated and released.

“Speed and alcohol are considered to be factors in this ongoing investigation,” Carter said. “Autopsy results are pending.”

This report is based on preliminary information provided by law enforcement or other emergency responders and may not contain the full scope of findings.

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