ISP Car Totaled As High-Speed Pursuit Goes From Dubois To Birdseye; Mail Jeep Rolls Over (POLICE BLOTTER)

KlemBIRDSEYE (NNDC) – A police pursuit of a motorist early Sunday morning, started in Dubois and ended with an arrest in Birdeye. Now, during the pursuit, an Indiana State Police cruiser crashed into a tree.

The Dubois County Sheriff’s Department says ISP and DCSD officers were investigating an incident in Dubois at about 2:15am Sunday when they hear a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed and squalling its tires.

Deputies tried to make contact with the driver of the vehicle, but the driver ignored the officers and accelerated through the intersection of Main and 4th Street in Dubois. DCSD says one of the officers was almost struck by the vehicle and it took off at a high rate of speed.

DCSD says while in pursuit, one of the officers, a state police trooper, ran off the road and struck a tree.

The pursuit ended in Birdseye when police arrested 19-year old Clayton Kern at his home.

Police say Kern’s blood alcohol content was tested at .16%, twice the legal limit in Indiana.

He’s been charged with a Level 6 felony count of Resisting Law Enforcement with a Vehicle, along with misdemeanor counts Operating a Motor Vehicle While Intoxicated, Minor Consumption, Criminal Mischief, and Disregarding a Stop Sign.

JASPER MAN ARRESTED FOR DRUNK DRIVING

JASPER (NNDC) – A 31-year old rural Jasper man was arrested after local noticed his car parked in Carson’s department store lot with the vehicle still running.

Police say Matthew Klem failed field sobriety tests on the scene. He was then taken to Memorial Hospital where a blood draw determined his blood alcohol content was .28%.

Police say they discovered Klem’s car in the Carson’s parking lot shortly after 2am Sunday.

ONE HURT IN ONE-VEHICLE ROLLOVER ACCIDENT EAST OF HAYSVILLE; CELLPHONE A FACTOR

HAYSVILLE (NNDC) – An Orange County woman suffered minor injuries in a single-vehicle accident east of Haysville Sunday morning.

DCSD says 27-year old Lynley Bennett suffered abrasions to her left arm when her eastbound SUV ran off the highway at about 6:15am. Bennett told DCSD deputies she looked down at her cellphone just before losing control of her vehicle.

DCSD says the SUV struck some rip-rap which flattened the vehicle’s right front tire. Bennett she was able to drive the vehicle back onto the highway, but it then veered off the highway again striking an embankment. The impact caused the SUV to over onto its top before coming to rest.

Bennett was treated and released at the scene by Haysville First Responders and Memorial Hospital EMTs.

U.S. MAIL VEHICLE TOTALED IN ACCIDENT

DUFF (NNDC) – A United States Postal Service jeep was totaled in a single-vehicle accident Saturday afternoon southwest of Duff.

DCSD says the jeep was driven by 48-year old Jacqueline Mehringer of rural Huntingburg. Mehringer told officers she was delivering mail along West 450 South east of South 800 West when her vehicle struck a pot hole causing her to lose control of the vehicle.

The jeep ended up striking a ditch embankment causing it to rollover. The vehicle came to rest upright along the roadway.

Mehringer was transported to Memorial Hospital wiht a laceration to her head. The jeep was a total loss.

U. S. P. S. was contacted about the accident and took custody of the mail that had not yet been delivered.

NO ONE HURT IN TWO-VEHICLE ACCIDENT IN FERDINAND

FERDINAND (NNDC) – No one was hurt in a two-vehicle accident late Saturday morning.

Ferdinand police say the accident happened at the intersection of Robin Drive and 22nd Street shortly after 11am.

The drivers were 41-year old Heather Tretter and 49-year old Steven Goffinet, both of Ferdinand.

Damage to both vehicles was minor.

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