Driver in crash accused of OWI

From Local Sources

JASPER — A driver in a two-vehicle collision Saturday night just south of Jasper is being accused of impaired driving.

Armando Gonzalez Salazar, 25, West Lafayette, was southbound on U.S. 231 in a 2008 Scion TC when the 7:50 p.m. accident occurred near WITZ Road, according to the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department.

Gonzalez Salazar allegedly said he thought U.S. 231 was a four-lane highway when he attempted to pass a vehicle without noticing a northbound 2016 Dodge Charger driven by Orlando C. Orellana Bairon, 20, Jasper.

As Gonzalez Salazar attempted to pull back into the southbound lane, the sheriff’s department said, his Scion struck the driver’s side door of the Dodge.

Orellana Bairon complained of neck pain and was transported by ambulance to Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center to be checked, according to police. A hospital spokeswoman said he was treated and released.

The sheriff’s department said Gonzalez Salazar, who admitted to having smoked marijuana earlier in the day, failed field sobriety testing. He then refused chemical testing, according to police.

Deputies also reported locating a small amount of marijuana near the accident scene that Gonzalez Salazar had allegedly attempted to hide prior to the officers’ arrival.

Authorities booked Gonzalez Salazar into the Dubois County Security Center at 12 a.m. Sunday on preliminary misdemeanor counts of operating while intoxicated (test refusal) and possession of marijuana.

Total damage was estimated between $5,000 and $10,000.

Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services and wreckers from Sternberg Automotive Group and Uebelhor & Sons assisted.

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