For The Record: 10/18


IRELAND — An impaired driver was transferred to an Evansville hospital after crashing her car west of Ireland Thursday night.

Jessica L. Pelt, 33, of 268 41st St., was eastbound on State Road 56 in a 2003 Lincoln passenger car when the 10:35 p.m. accident occurred near County Road 800W, according to the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department.

A witness told deputies Pelt’s car left the roadway just west of County Road 800W, ran over a speed limit sign and stopped in an open field.

Pelt sustained a head injury and was taken to Memorial Hospital in Jasper before being transferred to St. Mary’s Medical Center in Evansville.

A subsequent drug screen found marijuana and methamphetamine in Pelt’s system and determined her blood alcohol content to be .08 percent. Police said she will be summoned to court for operating while intoxicated and she also will be cited for driving on a suspended license.

Total damage to the car and the speed limit sign owned by the Indiana Department of Transportation was estimated at between $2,500 and $5,000.

The Ireland Volunteer Fire Department, a Bob Luegers wrecker and Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services assisted.

ST. MARKS — A Spencer County motorist complained of pain after wrecking the car she was driving Thursday evening along a county road southeast of St. Marks.

Carlishia N. Dooley, 20, of 19522 N. Spencer County Road 700E, Dale, was northbound on Dubois County Road 600E in a 1998 Mercedes Benz when the 6:01 p.m. accident occurred just north of County Road 750S, according to the county sheriff’s department.

Dooley told a deputy she became distracted with her cellphone and took her eyes off the road. When she glanced up, the Mercedes was going off the east side of the road. Police said the vehicle traveled more than 600 feet off the roadway, hit a utility pole and lost its rear passenger tire before stopping in a ditch.

Police said Dooley was taken by ambulance to Memorial Hospital after complaining of ankle and head pain. A hospital spokeswoman said she was treated and released.

Ferdinand’s fire and police departments, Indiana State Police, Memorial EMS and a Hasenour Motors wrecker assisted.

Police said the Mercedes was totaled. There was no damage estimate available for the utility pole owned by Dubois Rural Electric Cooperative.

A deputy cited Dooley for driving too fast to avoid a collision.

JASPER — Both drivers complained of pain following a two-vehicle collision Thursday afternoon at 15th and Royal streets.

Anita Walker, 21, of 10502 S. William St., Stendal, was westbound on 15th Street in a 2000 Toyota Solara at the time of the 1:42 p.m. accident, according to the Jasper Police Department.

Police said a northbound 2000 Honda Accord pulled into the path of Walker’s Toyota and the vehicles collided. Venkata Pulagam, 29, of 536 Circle Pine Drive, who was driving the Honda, told police he stopped at 15th Street and did not see Walker’s car before proceeding because of the grade of the roadway east of the intersection.

Pulagam complained of leg pain and Walker complained of hand pain but both drivers declined to have an ambulance respond to the scene, according to police.

Damage was estimated at $5,000 to each of the vehicles.

Police cited Pulagam for failure to yield the right of way.

IRELAND — A motorist who said she had to avoid a car that crossed the centerline wrecked her automobile Thursday evening west of Ireland near the Dubois County line.

Melody G. Reavis, 44, of 309 N. Washington St., Huntingburg, was driving northwest on Old Petersburg Road in a 1997 Nissan Altima when the 7:09 p.m. mishap occurred just east of County Road 900W, according to the county sheriff’s department.

Reavis told deputies a blue passenger car had crossed into her lane. To avoid it, she drove off the north side of the road. Deputies said the Nissan hit loose gravel and went down into a ditch where it stopped.

Authorities said Reavis complained of chest pain but declined to be transported from the scene by ambulance.

Damage to the car was estimated at $2,500.

The Ireland Volunteer Fire Department, a Bob Luegers wrecker and Memorial and Pike County EMS assisted.

ST. HENRY — A motorist was able to drive his car away from the scene of a collision with a deer this morning on the south edge of the county.

Randall J. Loucks, 38, of 504 S. Chestnut St., Huntingburg, was northbound on U.S. 231 in a 2005 Chevrolet Cavalier when the 4:38 a.m. incident occurred just north of County Road 1150S, according to the county sheriff’s department.

Loucks told a deputy a deer that he was unable to avoid entered the roadway from east. The ensuing collision crumpled the Chevrolet’s hood and resulted in its air bags deploying, so the deputy listed the vehicle as a total loss.

Fire calls

JASPER — Work taking place on alarm systems was responsible for a pair of separate callouts Thursday afternoon for the Jasper Volunteer Fire Department.

Kimball International’s National Office plant at 340 11th Ave. had just done maintenance to its system when an alarm sounded at 3:57 p.m., according to Fire Chief Kenny Hochgesang. The alarm panel was reset before fighters arrived.

Five trucks and 32 firefighters were on the scene 10 minutes.

At 4:32 p.m., a company testing he alarm system at Walgreens pharmacy, 3606 Newton St., did not get the word out to all parties involved. Hochgesang said the run was quickly cleared once the department was told there was no problem.

One truck and 18 firefighters were on the scene 10 minutes.

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