[PHOTO - Teagan Marti, 12, was injured after plunging 100 feet to the ground on a theme park ride in Madison, Wis., on July 30. In this picture, she is about to board the ride. Picture is courtesy of The American Family Children's Hospital (The American Family Children's Hospital, Courtesy / August 31, 2010)].
The ride operator who accidentally released a Parkland girl on a 100-foot free fall told police he smoked marijuana three days before the incident, according to a detailed police report.
But Charles "Chuck" Carnell, 33, denied he was under the influence of drugs or alcohol when he "blanked out" July 30 and let Teagan Marti, 12, fall to the ground and sustain severe injuries.
The Wisconsin Dells man has been charged with one felony count of first-degree reckless injury, punishable by up to 25 years in prison, for the incident at Extreme World Amusements. Marti remains in a Wisconsin hospital and could be paralyzed. Read Full Story...