For The Record: 10/28


HOLLAND — A father and son were among three people injured in a Saturday night rollover crash south of Holland in which alcohol is believed to have been a factor.

The Dubois County Sheriff’s Department and Holland Volunteer Fire Department first responders were called to County Road 1075S just west of County Road 720W at 11:49 p.m. after an accident with injuries was reported.

Upon arrival, deputies found 49-year-old Ben E. Stout Sr., of 1346 Dewey St., Jasper, lying next to a wrecked 2004 Mazda and his son, 18-year-old Ben E. Stout Jr., 3828 N. Portersville Road, Jasper, partially trapped in the passenger seat of the upside-down car. A passenger in the back seat, 18-year-old Alejandro Castillo, also of the 3828 N. Portersville Road address, had crawled out a rear door of the vehicle.

Ben Stout Sr. was airlifted to St. Mary’s Medical Center in Evansville with a head injury, according to deputies. His son was taken by ambulance to Memorial Hospital in Jasper for treatment of injuries that included a broken leg. Ben Stout Jr. was later transferred to St. Mary’s, police said. A hospital spokeswoman said Ben Stout Sr. was in fair condition today and Ben Stout Jr. was in good condition.

Castillo, who suffered a cut to his left hand, was taken by ambulance to Memorial Hospital where he was treated and released, according to the sheriff’s department.

A preliminary investigation determined the Mazda driven by Ben Stout Sr. was eastbound on County Road 1075S when it crested a hill at a high rate of speed. Stout lost control of the car, which ran off the north side of the road. The Mazda hit an embankment and overturned three to five times before stopping on its roof.

The sheriff’s department said alcohol is believed to have been a factor and toxicology results are pending.

The crash totaled the car and knocked over a Perry-Spencer Communications junction box, causing total damage estimated at between $10,000 and $25,000.

Deputies who ticketed Ben Stout Sr. for speed too fast to avoid a collision said drunken driving charges are possible at a later date.

Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services, a LifeFlight helicopter ambulance and a Uebelhor & Sons wrecker also assisted.

JASPER — Two people complained of pain following a three-vehicle, chain-reaction crash Sunday afternoon at Sixth and Clay streets.

Sylvan A. Mehringer, 61, of 5639 N. Kellerville Road, was westbound on Sixth Street in a 2004 Pontiac Vibe at the time of the 12:13 p.m. accident, according to the Jasper Police Department.

Police said Mehringer stopped behind a turning vehicle and, when he did, his Vibe was rear-ended by a 2002 Ford F-350 pickup truck that was pulling a fifth-wheel camper. Bradley J. Gudorf, 50, of 1433 Vine St., who was driving the Ford truck, said he applied his brakes when he noticed the stopped traffic but could not stop in time to avoid the collision.

The impact sent Mehringer’s Vibe into the rear of a 2006 Dodge Ram pickup truck driven by 59-year-old Paul D. Cave, of 860 Brandon Ave. Police said Cave was stopped and waiting to turn south onto Clay Street.

Mehringer and his passenger, 55-year-old Rebecca Mehringer, also of the Kellerville Road address, both complained of neck pain, according to police. Authorities said Sylvan Mehringer declined to be transported for treatment. Rebecca Mehringer did go to Memorial Hospital in Jasper for treatment, police said.

Cave and Gudorf were not injured.

Damage was estimated at $7,000 to Mehringer’s Pontiac, $500 to Gudorf’s Ford and $300 to Cave’s Dodge.

No tickets were issued.

FERDINAND — A Floyd County man’s car sustained heavy damage in a Saturday night collision with a deer along I-64, about four miles east of the Ferdinand exit.

Raymond Hebert, 49, of Floyds Knobs, was eastbound in a 2007 Honda Accord when his car collided with a deer on the roadway at 10:22 p.m., according to the Ferdinand Police Department.

An officer said the car was stopped on the side of the road with heavy front-end damage when he arrived. That damage was estimated at between $10,000 and $25,000.

Hebert was not injured.

A Kars wrecker towed the vehicle from the scene.

JASPER — Police cited a motorist after a Saturday morning collision in the 2800 block of Newton Street.

Salvador Hernandez, 39, of 4479 Rhine Strasse, was southbound on Newton Street in a 2006 Nissan Frontier pickup truck at the time of the 10:59 a.m. mishap, according to Jasper police.

Officers said a 2006 Lincoln Town Car in a business lot on the west side of Newton Street attempted to enter Newton Street to go south. The front left corner of the Lincoln that was driven by 40-year-old Stephanie Fisher, of 306 S. Washington St., Huntingburg, struck the right rear corner of Hernandez’s passing truck, according to police.

Damage was estimated at $2,500 to each of the vehicles.

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


JASPER — Indiana State Police arrested Billy J. Keeton, 27, of Collinwood, Tenn., at 12:20 a.m. today and charged him with drunken driving (test refusal).

Keeton was arrested after a trooper stopped the 1996 Chevrolet pickup truck he was driving at Kellerville Road and Cathy Lane for having gone left of center and for stopping in the middle of the roadway. Authorities said Keeton’s blood alcohol content tested at .25 percent on a portable breathalyzer but he later declined a certified BAC test at the Jasper Police Department.

Authorities booked Keeton into the Dubois County Security Center at 1:10 a.m.

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