Three Injured In Separate Monday Afternoon Accidents; Two Arrested For Leaving Scene Of Another Accident (BLOTTER)

One Injured In Far Northside Accident

JASPER (NNDC) – One person was injured in a two-vehicle accident late Monday afternoon on Jasper’s far northside.

Jasper police say at about 5:20PM, a car driven by 74-year old Richard Brinkman of Jasper was traveling south on Newton Street (U.S. 231) when he attempted to turn left into the WalMart parking lot. Brinkman told JPD officers he thought he had enough space to make the turn in front of oncoming traffic.

JPD says a northbound SUV collided with Brinkman’s car. The SUV was driven by 54-year old Joseph Brinkman of Huntsville, Alabama.

JPD says both drivers were not hurt, but Brinkman’s wife, 75-year old Ruth Brinkman was taken to Memorial Hospital with arm and side pain.

Meanwhile, Richard Brinkman was cited by police for Failure To Yield The Right of Way.


Two Injured In Jasper Midtown Accident; Weather A Factor

JASPER (NNDC) – Two people were injured following a two-vehicle accident Monday afternoon near the intersection of 13th and Newton Streets in Jasper.

JPD says at about 5:35PM, a car driven by 22-year old Isabel Chapin was traveling north on Newton Street when her vehicle collided into the rear of a car driven by 51-year old Tamela Fleck. Both drivers are from Jasper.

JPD says Fleck’s car was stopped in traffic just north of the intersection. Meanwhile, Chapin told officers she could not stop in time before the collision. She was cited by police for Speed Too Fast for Weather Conditions. There was light rain falling at the time of the accident.

JPD says Chapin, who is pregnant, was medically cleared by Memorial Hospital EMS at the scene. Both Fleck and a passenger, Heather Gibbs, both complained of back pain following the accident but both refused treatment at the scene. JPD says both did go to the hospital on their own.


Two Arrested After Single-Vehicle Accident Near Ireland

IRELAND (NNDC) – The Dubois County Sheriff’s Department says the driver of a car involved in a single-vehicle accident early Sunday morning was arrested on several charges including Leaving the Scene of the 5:00AM accident.

DCSD says it learned of the accident when two passengers in the car involved showed up at Jasper’s Memorial Hospital in Jasper later that morning.  18-year old Jackson Land had what authorities say was a scrape to his lower arm.  Meanwhile, a 17-year old girl from Jasper was treated for lower abdomen/pelvis pain.

They told deputies the car they were in was driven by 20-year old Dillon Tuell.  All three left the scene of the accident that happened at a bridge on West 200 North just west of North 600 West.

DCSD says Tuell’s car was eastbound on West 200 North when drove around a road-closed barricade just before the bridge for construction work.  DCSD says Tuell continued on West 200 North at a high rate of speed before striking a rock pile at the bridge.  DCSD says Tuell’s car went airborne, hit a newly-installed bridge piler, spun coming to rest on its side.

Deputies located Tuell at his home in Jasper.  DCSD says Tuell, who had scrapes on his face from the accident, later tested .13% (B.A.C).  Tuell was taken into custody on misdemeanor counts Operating a Motor Vehicle While Intoxicated, Minor Consuming and Leaving the Scene of an Accident.

Meanwhile, Land was arrested and charged with a misdemeanor count of Minor Consuming.


Local Woman Arrested For OWI; Police Say She Had Minor In Vehicle With Her

HUNTINGBURG (NNDC) – A Huntingburg woman was arrested Sunday evening in Jasper and now faces several charges including Operating a Motor Vehicle While Intoxicated.

Jasper police say received a tip from the public of a possible impaired driver driving north on U.S. 231 coming into Jasper.  Police stopped the vehicle at about 8:45PM near 9th and Newton.

JPD says the driver 30-year old Melissa Wheatley was intoxicated.  Her blood alcohol content tested .08%.

In addition to an OWI charge, she’s also been charged with OWI Endangerment as police say there was a passenger in the car with her under the age of 10.  Wheatley was also cited for driving while suspended, driving with an open alcoholic beverage container, driving left of center and unsafe lane movement.

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