For The Record: 7/2


DUBOIS — An injured motorist was transported from the scene of a Monday evening wreck just north of Dubois.

Keith D. Small, 20, of 5387 E. Jackson St., was northbound on State Road 545 in a 2004 Chevrolet Impala when the 7:45 p.m. accident occurred just south of Kalb-Zehr Road, according to the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department.

Small told a deputy his car started to hydroplane on the wet roadway. He applied the vehicle’s brakes but the car went off the east side of the highway and struck a guardrail at an angle. The car went back into the travel lane, crossed the centerline and struck a concrete bridge, according to the sheriff’s department. The car stopped at an angle blocking the southbound lane of the highway.

Small suffered a broken or dislocated finger, according to police. He was taken by ambulance to Memorial Hospital in Jasper. A hospital spokeswoman said he was treated and released.

The crash totaled the car and shut down the highway for an hour.

The Dubois Volunteer Fire Department, Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services and a Uebelhor & Sons wrecker assisted.


JASPER — One passenger complained of pain after two trucks and an SUV were involved in a chain-reaction crash Monday afternoon at Sixth and St. John streets.

Shawn Mullis, 22, of 6413 W. Old Road 64, Huntingburg, had stopped his westbound 1999 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck for traffic on Sixth Street about 500 feet west of St. John Street at the time of the 5:14 p.m. accident, according to the Jasper Police Department.

Police said Mullis’ truck was rear-ended by a 2009 Isuzu delivery truck driven by 34-year-old James Arnold, of 399 Baden Strasse. The impact sent Mullis’ truck into the rear of a 2008 Ford Escape driven by 66-year-old Janice Jones, of 3526 Marie Court.

Police said the drivers were OK but a passenger in Arnold’s Isuzu, 31-year-old Andrew Specter, of 1393 N. Idlewild Lake Road, complained of pain to his lower left leg. He was not transported by ambulance, according to authorities.

Arnold told police he was having a conversation with Specter and noticed Mullis’ vehicle was slowing. He reported having difficulty seeing if the Silverado’s brake lights were illuminated because of tinted covers on the taillight lenses. When he did brake, it was too late.

Police cited Arnold for following too closely.

Damage was estimated at $10,000 to Arnold’s Isuzu, $3,500 to Mullis’ Chevrolet and $1,500 to Jones’ Ford.

Memorial EMS assisted.


JASPER — Police issued a citation after a property damage accident Monday afternoon at Sixth and Clay streets.

Katherine R. Hunt, 68, of 317 W. 10th St., was westbound on Sixth Street in a 2008 Toyota Camry when the 5:14 p.m. accident occurred west of Clay Street, according to Jasper police.

Officers said Hunt was stopping for traffic reacting to another accident west of the scene on Sixth Street when her car was rear-ended by a 1993 General Motors pickup truck driven by 21-year-old Luke A. Ward, of 10 Shady Lane.

Damage was estimated at $4,000 to Hunt’s car and $500 to Ward’s truck.

Police cited Ward for following too closely.


HUNTINGBURG — The county sheriff’s department arrested 31-year-old Thomas L. Nalley, of 3 Pruitt St., Birdseye, at about 9:30 p.m. Monday and charged him with felony drunken driving (blood alcohol content .12 percent) and leaving the scene of a property damage accident.

Deputies dispatched at 8:32 p.m. to the report of a vehicle in a ditch at State Road 64 and County Road 585W found a wrecked 2006 Kia Sedona that was registered to Nalley. Witnesses told police they saw a man flee the scene. Police then located Nalley at his residence.

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

Details about the accident and estimates of damage to the minivan and property at the crash scene were not immediately available.

The Huntingburg Police Department and a Kars wrecker assisted.


DALE — The Dale Police Department has provided information on a Wednesday vehicle pursuit that started south of Dale and ended in Huntingburg.

A Dale officer clocked a northbound Chrysler Sebring going 81 mph on U.S. 231 near State Road 62 around 12:30 p.m. CDT and gave chase. The driver, later identified as 85-year-old Harry Stiles of Evansville, did not stop.

Officers with Ferdinand and Huntingburg’s police departments and deputies with the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department became involved as the pursuit entered Dubois County.

Dale police said Stiles drove over stop sticks, which are devices that puncture tires but release the air slowly to avoid blowouts, south of Huntingburg and stopped the vehicle just north of Southridge High School at about 12:45 p.m. CDT.

Police said Stiles told officers he had encountered road construction while driving to visit his wife at an Evansville nursing home and had become confused.

Stiles was arrested and booked into the Spencer County Jail on a Class D felony count of resisting law enforcement with a motor vehicle. He was also charged with a misdemeanor count of reckless driving and cited for speeding. Police also contacted Stiles’ family members to discuss the incident.

A Kars wrecker assisted.

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