For The Record: 8/4


MENTOR — Two people were injured in a single-vehicle crash Saturday morning near Mentor.

Jared Wilgus, 19, of 7490 E. Schnellville Road, Schnellville, was eastbound on State Road 64 in a 2000 GMC Sierra pickup truck when the 7:39 a.m. accident occurred near County Road 400S, according to the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department.

Wilgus told deputies he fell asleep at the wheel. His truck ran off the south side of the highway and overturned.

Police said Wilgus suffered minor scrapes and declined to be transported by ambulance. A passenger, Bryant Brock, 16, of Winslow was transported by ambulance to Memorial Hospital in Jasper for treatment of a leg injury and minor cuts and scrapes, according to authorities.

The truck was listed as a total loss.

A Berg’s Garage wrecker, Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services and the Schnellville Volunteer Fire Department assisted.

JASPER — One person complained of pain and damage topped $13,000 in a two-car collision Saturday night at Sixth and McCrillus streets.

Nicholas M. Gagnon, 19, of 21 Canterbury Court, was northbound on McCrillus Street in a 2013 Dodge Avenger at the time of the 11:05 p.m. accident, according to the Jasper Police Department.

Police said Gagnon disregarded the stop sign at Sixth Street and his car struck an eastbound 2006 Pontiac Grand Prix driven by Billy D. McKinney Jr, 21, of French Lick.

One of three passengers in the Gagnon vehicle complained of chest pain from a seat belt tightening but all of the passengers declined medical treatment, police said. Two passengers in the McKinney vehicle also declined to be transported by ambulance.

Damage was estimated at $10,000 to the Gagnon Dodge and $3,500 to McKinney’s Pontiac.

Police cited Gagnon for disregarding a stop sign.

The Dubois County Sheriff’s Department and a Sternberg Chrysler Center wrecker assisted.

BRETZVILLE — A Ferdinand man was able to drive his pickup truck away from the scene of a Saturday-morning collision with a deer north of Bretzville.

Terrence L. Burger, 63, of 431 E. Sixth St., Ferdinand, was northbound on State Road 162 in a 2001 Dodge Ram 1500 series when the 3:20 a.m. mishap occurred near County Road 420S, according to the county sheriff’s department.

A deputy said Burger’s truck sustained $1,500 in damage when a deer walked onto the highway in front of it. The damage was concentrated in the passenger-side bumper and headlight assembly area.


HUNTINGBURG — A Sunday-evening report of a domestic battery resulted in a man’s arrest on a felony charge.

The Huntingburg Police Department was called to a north-side residence at 6:40 p.m. A female victim told officers her ex-husband, Travis Delagrange, 31, Marion, verbally assaulted her when bringing back her children. Then, according to the victim, Delagrange grabbed her by the back of the neck and threw her into the roadway.

Police said the victim had marks that matched her account.

Delagrange had departed in his vehicle before officers arrived but, a short time later, a Dubois County Sheriff’s Department deputy conducted a traffic stop north of Jasper and took Delagrange into custody.

Authorities booked Delagrange into the Dubois County Security Center at 9 p.m. on a Level 6 felony count of domestic battery. The charge was a felony because a child was present during the battery, according to police.

A Level 6 felony under Indiana’s new criminal code was a Class D felony prior to July 1.

OTWELL — Indiana State Police arrested Jordan Powell, 23, of 9771 East State Road, Otwell, at 1:18 a.m. Saturday and charged him with a felony count of impaired driving.

Powell was arrested after a trooper stopped the 2005 Chevrolet pickup truck he was driving at state roads 257 and 56 for a taillight violation and because Powell allegedly failed to signal a lane change.

Powell’s blood alcohol content was not immediately available but police said the impaired driving charge was a Level 6 felony because of a prior drunken driving conviction within the last five years.

Troopers arrested Powell and four other alleged impaired drivers Friday night and early Saturday as part of a saturation patrol in Posey, Pike and Gibson counties.

JASPER — Leah M. Hastings, 22, Newburgh was arrested by the Jasper Police Department at 1:05 a.m. Sunday and charged with operating while intoxicated (blood alcohol content .11 percent).

Hastings was arrested after an officer stopped the 2005 Hyundai Sonata she was driving at 36th and Newton streets for going left of center and failing to signal a turn.

Authorities booked Hastings into the Dubois County Security Center at 4 a.m. She posted bond shortly thereafter.

JASPER — A state police trooper arrested Zachary T. Peek, 25, of 104 S. Van Buren St., Huntingburg, at 2:22 a.m. Sunday and charged him with drunken driving (BAC .13 percent).

Peek was arrested after a trooper stopped the 1999 Chevrolet S-10 pickup truck he was driving at Second and Clay streets for going left of center.

Authorities booked Peek into the county security center at 3:27 a.m. The impaired driving count was a Level 6 felony because of a prior conviction within the last five years.

JASPER — The Dubois County Sheriff’s Department arrested Eric J. Birk, 19, of 6876  S. Schnell Road, Birdseye, at 12:05 a.m. Sunday and charged him with minor consuming (BAC .03 percent).

Birk was arrested after a deputy stopped the 1997 Ford Mustang GT he was driving at Third and Jackson streets for making an unsafe start.

Authorities booked Birk into the county security center at 12:40 a.m. He posted bond later in the morning.

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