For The Record: 6/29


BIRDSEYE — The Dubois County Sheriff’s Department arrested a motorist following a Friday night pursuit that stretched from Birdseye to near Eckerty in Crawford County.

A patrolling deputy tried to stop a 2001 Pontiac Grand Am at 7:59 p.m. after he saw the car, which had been southbound on State Road 145, turn east onto Second Street in Birdseye without signaling.

The driver, later identified as 32-year-old Adam L. Hensley, of 180 W. State Road 64, refused to stop. Hensley drove north on Borden Street, east on County Road 425S and then south on County Road 1175E into Crawford County.

Police said Hensley reached unsafe speeds on gravel roads. His car went off the road several times and struck embankments twice but the driver continued his flight. The damaged car’s transmission gave out on Johnson School Road near Eckerty. By that time, police said, one of the Grand Am’s front tires was down.

The deputy used an extinguisher to put out a small fire under the car that was being fed by dripping fluid. He also took Hensley, who police alleged was impaired by alcohol and in possession of marijuana, into custody.

Hensley was arrested and preliminarily charged with Class D felony counts of resisting law enforcement with a motor vehicle and possession of marijuana with a prior conviction. He was also charged with drunken driving (blood alcohol content .15 percent) and was issued multiple traffic citations.

Authorities indicated early today that Hensley would be booked into the Dubois County Security Center once he was cleared by Memorial Hospital staff in Jasper.

The Crawford County Sheriff’s Department, Indiana conservation officers, firefighters from a nearby Crawford County department and a C & W Towing wrecker assisted.


JASPER — A county sheriff’s deputy arriving at an accident scene Friday evening between Jasper and Haysville arrested the motorist who told him the cause of the mishap was because he’d had too much to drink.

Arrested and charged with drunken driving (BAC .16 percent) after the 7:21 p.m. mishap at U.S. 231 and Old Road 45 was 35-year-old Luke R. Hopster, of 327 Wagner St.

Police said Hopster had been northbound on U.S. 231 in a 2004 Honda, closely following a 2001 Ford pickup truck being driven by 55-year-old John Eichmiller, of 6142 N. Old Road 45. A deputy said Hopster’s car eventually struck the rear of Eichmiller’s Ford before passing the truck and then wrecking into an embankment off the highway near Old Road 45.

Hopster was taken into custody and given a breath test that was administered at the Jasper Police Department. He was then booked into the county security center at 9 p.m.

Damage was estimated at $5,000 to Hopster’s Honda and $200 to Eichmiller’s Ford.


FERDINAND — Indiana State Police arrested 19-year-old Anthony M. Johnson of Morganfield, Ky., at 1:06 p.m. Thursday and charged him with operating while under the influence of marijuana.

Johnson was arrested after a trooper stopped the 1999 Pontiac passenger car he was driving westbound at I-64’s 62-mile marker for speeding and an improper display of a license plate. The trooper detected the odor of marijuana and a blood draw at Memorial Hospital in Jasper allegedly came back positive for marijuana, according to police.

Authorities booked Johnson into the county security center at 4 p.m. on the impaired driving charge. He was also charged with possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia.

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