Man charged with felony assault after crash that left passenger paralyzed

A Circle man was arrested after crashing his vehicle and paralyzing the passenger inside.

25–year–old Nolan Peterson is charged with first degree assault, DUI, and driving with a suspended license in connection with the May 26th crash.

According to an affidavit, Peterson flipped the vehicle on a turn, causing both occupants to be air lifted to Fairbanks Memorial Hospital for substantial injuries.

Peterson claimed he was the Designated Driver for the evening, but Troopers found him to have a 0.121 percent breath alcohol content hours after the accident.

His passenger, Derrick Henry claimed he told Peterson to slow down; he is currently in Fairbanks Memorial Hospital with a vertebra injury that has left him paralyzed from the neck down.

He will be transported to Anchorage for surgery and further treatment.

Peterson was arraigned in Fairbanks District Court this afternoon.