Car hits building, driver slapped with OWI


From Local Sources

JASPER — Police took a motorist to jail early today after his car struck a lawn and garden business’ building.

Quentin J. Bell, 22, 720 Hickory Lane, Jasper, was southbound on U.S. 231 in a 2012 Chrysler 200 when the 2:59 a.m. accident occurred near West Fifth Street, according to the Jasper Police Department.

Bell veered off and west side of the roadway and his car struck the building at 719 W. Sixth St. belonging to Tom’s Lawn & Garden.

Police say the car continued back across U.S. 231 and stopped upright on the lawn of the Pizza Hut restaurant at 520 U.S. 231.

A witness reported Bell trying to enter the Holiday Liquors at the scene and then leaning against the building.

Police arrived and requested Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services for a possible head injury.

Officers say there was airbag deployment in the vehicle, which was a total loss.

Bell was transported to Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center’s emergency room for further tests and evaluation. Police say his blood alcohol content tested .26 percent.

Authorities booked Bell into the Dubois County Security Center at 5:06 a.m. on a preliminary misdemeanor count of operating while intoxicated.

Damage to the Tom’s Lawn & Garden building was estimated at $10,000.

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