The Dubois County Sheriff’s Department says Roelle’s pickup truck was found shortly before 1 Tuesday morning along U. S. 231 near WITZ Road with a flat tire, damage to the driver side of the vehicle, as well as some undercarriage damage.
DCSD deputies say they located Roelle a short time later at the southside Circle A store (U. S. 231 & Ind. 162 Bypass). A deputy recognized Roelle inside the store and approached him to talk about Roelle’s pickup truck.
During the encounter with Roelle, the deputy says he became aware of the strong odor of an alcoholic beverage. DCSD says field sobriety game the deputy the probable cause for the OWI charge on top of the charge for leaving the scene of a property damage accident.
DCSD says it was then Roelle refused to submit to a certified chemical test forcing the deputy to apply for a search warrant for blood and urine. DCSD says Dubois County Superior Court Judge Mark McConnell found probable cause in the deputy’s request and authorized the warrant.
DCSD says Roelle then refused the Judge’s order which resulted in the additional Class D felony charge of Obstruction of Justice.
Roelle was taken into custody on the charges of Leaving the Scene of a Property Damage accident, OWI Refusal, as well as Obstruction of Justice.