For The Record: 12/19


CELESTINE — One injured driver was airlifted to an Evansville hospital after a near head-on collision Wednesday night that totaled a car and an SUV, flipping the latter.

Gina M. Kieffner, 18, of 2305 N. 350W, Jasper, was eastbound on State Road 164 in a 2004 Toyota Corolla when the 9:45 p.m. accident occurred a mile east of Celestine, according to the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department.

Kieffner told deputies she briefly looked down to check her cellphone. When she returned her attention to the roadway, police said, she discovered her vehicle was left of center.

The left front of Kieffner’s Corolla collided with the left front of a westbound 2005 Ford Escape driven by 50-year-old Kevin G. Lueken, of 8813 E. State Road 164, according to police. The impact flipped the Escape onto its hood and roof and it stopped off the north side of the highway. Kieffner’s car slid and stopped in the westbound lane of the highway facing south.

Kieffner, who complained of pain to her upper left leg, and Lueken, who complained of leg and back pain, were transported by ambulance to Memorial Hospital in Jasper. Kieffner was treated and released, according to a hospital spokeswoman. Lueken’s wife, Kathy Lueken, 49, a passenger in the vehicle, was checked at the scene by Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services personnel and declined further medical treatment, according to the sheriff’s department.

Police said Kevin Lueken was later flown by LifeFlight helicopter to St. Mary’s Medical Center in Evansville. He was in fair condition today, according to a spokeswoman at the Vanderburgh County hospital.

All of the vehicle occupants had been wearing their seat belts. Airbags deployed in both vehicles, police said.

The Celestine Volunteer Fire Department and Uebelhor & Sons wreckers assisted.


JASPER — An injured motorist was transported by ambulance from the scene of a truck-versus-SUV collision Wednesday afternoon at Kellerville Road and Cathy Lane.

Michael Zehr, 59, of 3718 E. State Road 56, Dubois, was westbound on Kellerville Road in a 2012 Ford F-150 pickup truck at the time of the 1:56 p.m. accident, according to the Jasper Police Department.

Police said Zehr’s truck collided with a southbound 2007 Lincoln MKX that came into its path after failing to stop at the stop sign on Cathy Lane at Kellerville Road. The driver of the Lincoln SUV that struck Zehr’s truck was 70-year-old Nancy Pence, of 3255 E. State Road 164.

Authorities said Pence was transported by ambulance to Memorial Hospital in Jasper with a head injury. She was treated and released, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

Zehr declined medical treatment at the scene, according to police.

Ruxer Ford wreckers towed both vehicles. Damage was estimated at $10,000 to Zehr’s truck and $7,000 to Pence’s Lincoln.

Police cited Pence for failure to stop at a through highway.

Memorial EMS assisted.


ST. MARKS — A motorist’s car had to be towed from the scene of a Sunday evening collision with a tree along a county road southeast of St. Marks.

Robert G. Nelson, 30, of 7019 S. 600E, Ferdinand, was southbound on County Road 600E in a 2002 Pontiac Sunfire when the 7:34 p.m. accident occurred at County Road 650S, according to the county sheriff’s department.

A deputy said Nelson encountered a patch of loose gravel that sent his car off the west side of the roadway and into a tree.

Nelson was transported by ambulance to Memorial Hospital in Jasper where he was treated and released, according to authorities.

Damage to the car was estimated to have exceeded $2,500.

A Hasenour Motors wrecker, Memorial Hospital EMS and the St. Anthony Volunteer Fire Department assisted.


HUNTINGBURG — Police dispatched Wednesday morning to the complaint of a reckless driver made an arrest for impaired driving. And a passenger who also was arrested went on to be arrested again Wednesday night in Jasper.

The reckless driving complaint from U.S. 231 on the south end of Huntingburg at 9:59 a.m. involved a Chevrolet pickup truck with a West Virginia license plate. The Huntingburg Police Department located the truck and stopped it at Sixth and Main streets because it had a brake light out and the driver, later identified as 56-year-old Doliver R. Adkins of Huntington, W.Va., was not wearing a seat belt.

Police approaching the vehicle detected the odor of burnt marijuana and called a Dubois County Sheriff’s Department K-9 unit to the scene. Police said the K-9 indicated the possible presence of narcotics. A search of the vehicle located marijuana, police said.

Adkins was given a drug screen at Memorial Hospital in Jasper that came back positive for a controlled substance. Police arrested him for marijuana possession and operating while under the influence of a controlled substance. He was booked into the Dubois County Security Center at 1:45 p.m. and posted bond at 8:20 p.m.

His passenger, 31-year-old David B. Gilliam of Wayne, W.Va., was arrested and charged with marijuana possession. Authorities booked Gilliam into the county security center at 2:40 p.m. and he posted bond at 3:15 p.m.

Then, at 8:34 p.m., the Jasper Police Department responded to the report of a disorderly man in the lobby of the Dubois County Community Corrections Center, 257 Brucke Strasse. Gilliam, whose blood alcohol level tested .35 percent, was seeking to pay a jail inmate’s bond at the security center nextdoor, according to authorities.

Gilliam was arrested by Jasper police and charged with public intoxication and disorderly conduct. He was again lodged at the security center, with his second booking taking place at 9:25 p.m., after medical clearance had been obtained at Memorial Hospital.


HUNTINGBURG — The report of a man slumped over his car’s steering wheel with his foot on its accelerator led to an arrest Wednesday.

Officers responding to the 4:40 p.m. call made contact with 37-year-old Jeremy Luttrell, of 1003 E. Seventh St., at the Circle S convenience store at 301 S. Main St. He was slumped over the steering wheel of a 2001 Ford Focus.

During the investigation of the incident, police observed methamphetamine, several prescription pills, marijuana and paraphernalia sitting in the front passenger seat of the Focus.

After taking Luttrell into custody, a search of the vehicle also located a hypodermic syringe, police said.

Luttrell was arrested and charged with a Class C felony count of methamphetamine possession, Class D felony counts of illegal possession of a hypodermic syringe, illegal possession of a legend (prescription) drug and illegal possession of a Schedule II controlled substance, plus misdemeanor counts of marijuana possession and possession of paraphernalia.

Authorities booked Luttrell into the Dubois County Security Center at 11:20 p.m.

A Kars wrecker towed the Ford from the scene.

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