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A Spencer County man suffered minor injuries while a Jasper man faces charges after a two vehicle accident Wednesday afternoon on Jasper’s northside.

Jasper police say just before 1 pm yesterday SUV’s driven by 35-year old Matthew Cates of Jasper and 53-year old Dirk Arning of Dale were both headed northbound on US 231 at the intersection with 36th Street with Arning the lead vehicle.

Arning told police both were stopped at the red traffic light at 36th when his vehicle was struck from behind by Cates’ SUV. Cates told officers that he had been stopped behind Arning and thought that Arning’s vehicle had taken off on a green light therefore he too had also began to accelerate and struck the back of Arning.

Arning told police the light turned green after the collision.

Police say Arning complained of back & neck pain but refused EMS.

Both vehicles sustained 15-hundred dollars in damage apiece.

Jasper Police charged Cates for following too closely as a result of the incident. He was also cited for having no insurance.

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