Ambulance’s close call brings OWI arrest

From Local Sources

DUBOIS — Police accused a motorist of impaired driving after investigating an ambulance crew’s report of a near collision late Tuesday night at the Dubois Crossroads.

The driver of an ambulance westbound on State Road 56 headed toward Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center reported taking evasive action and narrowly avoiding a collision at 11:42 p.m. with a pickup truck that had been northbound on State Road 545. The truck came into the ambulance’s lane of travel before speeding off westbound on State Road 56, according to the Dubois County Sheriff’s Office.

A deputy stopped the Ford F-250 near U.S. 231 and County Road 400N after having observed it going left of center and failing to signal a turn.

The driver, Nicholas V. Leidgen, 59, 3214 Foxridge Drive, Jasper, exhibited signs of impairment and the deputy detected a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage, according to the sheriff’s office.

Police said Leidgen failed field sobriety testing and had a blood alcohol content that tested .136% on a portable breath test, although he declined a certified test.

Authorities booked Leidgen into the Dubois County Security Center at 12:48 a.m. today on a preliminary misdemeanor count of operating while intoxicated (test refusal).

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