Driver allegedly tells police: ‘I’m drunk’

From Local Sources

JASPER — The initial statement a motorist accused of impaired driving Friday night allegedly made to police was, “I’m drunk.”

The Jasper Police Department was called at 9:30 p.m. to the report of a vehicle running through a yard on County Road 400N and leaving the scene.

A 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee matching the description of the SUV in the yard incident was located in a private drive near 36th and Mill streets, according to police.

The driver, Francisco Ramirez, 27, Washington, initially told police his name was Dale E. Crider Jr.

Police learned Ramirez’s true identity and, while speaking with him, officers noted the strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from within the vehicle. Officers also reported that Ramirez’s speech was slurred.

Authorities said Ramirez’s blood alcohol content tested .24 percent after a blood draw at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center.

Ramirez was booked into the Dubois County Security Center at 12:30 a.m. Saturday on preliminary misdemeanor counts of operating while intoxicated, driving while having never been licensed and false informing. He posted bond Saturday afternoon.

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