Accused impaired driver allegedly fled injury crash

From Local Sources

Steven T. Lang

JASPER — Police arrested a man late Sunday night and accused him of being impaired and leaving the scene of an injury crash.

The Jasper Police Department was dispatched at 9:54 p.m. to the report of an injury crash at Newton Street and Baden Strasse on Jasper’s north side.

Police found a Chevrolet Cruze disabled in the intersection. The vehicle that had rear-ended it had fled the scene.

Witnesses advised a truck had rear-ended the Cruze while the car was stopped at the red light in the southbound lane. The crew cab truck had then fled the scene, according to witnesses.

The car’s driver was treated at the scene by Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services.

Police who allege the truck’s driver was Steven T. Lang, 22, of 4579 Downey St., located the 2014 Dodge 2500 series truck and Lang at his residence.

Lang was found to be intoxicated and became non-compliant with officers, according to police. While being handcuffed, Lang repeatedly grabbed officers in a rude and insolent manner after being told to stop multiple times.

Authorities transported Lang to Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center for a medical evaluation and a chemical test that placed his blood alcohol content at .304 percent.

Lang was booked into the Dubois County Security Center at 2:48 a.m. today on preliminary charges that included a Level 3 felony count of leaving the scene of an accident causing serious bodily injury while impaired, Level 5 felony counts of causing serious bodily injury while operating a vehicle and bribery, Level 6 felony counts of operating while intoxicated (prior) and battery on a public safety official and misdemeanor counts of operating while intoxicated with a BAC exceeding .15 percent and operating while intoxicated.

The Jasper Volunteer Fire Department, Dubois County Sheriff’s Department and wreckers from Uebelhor & Sons and Ruxer Ford also assisted.

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