For The Record: 11/16


BRETZVILLE — A county sheriff’s deputy investigating a crash early this morning near the Dubois County 4-H Fairgrounds arrested a Jasper man for alleged impaired driving.

An anonymous caller phone in around 1 a.m. to report an accident along State Road 162 just north of the fairgrounds in which the driver was reported still in the vehicle. When deputies arrived, the complainant told them the man in the wrecked 2002 Mercury Sable had exited the car and climbed up an embankment, leaving the scene.

After a brief search, deputies located the man later identified as 36-year-old Lester E. Thimling, of 1850 W. Fifth Ave., Jasper, lying in a field about 100 yards from the accident site. When asked if he was hurt, Thimling replied that he wasn’t and that there was no one else in the vehicle but he was not the driver.

When a deputy asked how much he’d had to drink, Thimling allegedly responded, “Not enough."

Thimling refused field sobriety and certified blood alcohol content testing, resulting in an arrest for operating while intoxicated (test refusal). Deputies obtained a warrant to get a blood sample from Thimling but he refused to allow that sampling to happen, police said. As a result, deputies also charged him with a Class D felony count of obstruction of justice.

After being cleared by Memorial Hospital emergency room staff, Thimling was booked into the Dubois County Security Center at 2:26 a.m.


FERDINAND — Two teens complained of injury after a single-vehicle accident Friday evening along a county road north of Ferdinand.

Austin J. Wright, 18, of 416 Mill St., Jasper, was eastbound on County Road 825S in a 2000 Isuzu Rodeo when the 7:37 p.m. accident occurred east of Club Road, according to the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department.

A deputy reported that Wright braked as he approached a 90 degree curve but was unable to avoid losing control and crashing into an embankment.

Passengers Maria Jacobs, 16, of 801 E. 15th St., Jasper, who complained of neck pain, and Zach Betz, 18, of 209 N. Beaver Lake Road, Jasper, who had a facial bruise, were transported by ambulance to Memorial Hospital in Jasper. They were both treated and released, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

Damage was estimated to have exceeded $2,500 but the vehicle was able to be driven from the scene.


JASPER — Police ticketed a motorist after a car-versus-SUV collision Friday afternoon at 15th and Worell streets.

Austin McCullough, 18, of Lamar was eastbound on 15th Street in a 1997 Toyota Camry at the time of the 3:13 p.m. mishap, according to the Jasper Police Department.

Police said a westbound 2003 Mitsubishi Outlander driven by 17-year-old Abby Libbert attempted a left turn in front of McCullough’s car. The McCullough Camry struck the right rear of the Libbert Outlander causing $1,500 in damage to each of the vehicles.

Libbert was cited for failure to yield the right of way.


HAYSVILLE — A Crawford County woman’s vehicle had to be towed from the scene of a Monday morning collision with a deer east of Haysville.

Karen R. Adams, 50, of Eckerty was westbound on State Road 56 in a 2008 Dodge Caliber when the 5:45 a.m. mishap occurred east of County Road 175E, according to the county sheriff’s department.

A deputy reported that Adams’ vehicle had a head-on collision with a deer that ran onto the highway causing damage in excess of $2,500.

A Berg’s Garage wrecker assisted.

Fire run

ST. ANTHONY — Units of the St. Anthony Volunteer Fire Department responded to an alarm activation Friday afternoon at the Jasper Seating plant at 4582 S. Cross St.

There was no fire, according to Assistant Chief Woody Fischer. Employees evacuated but an inspection found no problem associated with the second-floor smoke detector that had activated.

Four trucks and 10 firefighters were on the scene 20 minutes.

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