For The Record: 9/13September 13, 2017
JASPER — One vehicle occupant suffered a minor injury after a two-car collision this morning in the 400 block of West Ninth Street.
Cindy Spurgeon, 58, French Lick, was westbound on Ninth Street in a 2001 Ford Taurus at the time of the 5:58 a.m. accident, according to the Jasper Police Department.
Police said Darren Howard, 51, Jasper, was backing a 2007 Toyota Camry out of a driveway and did not see Spurgeon’s approaching Ford.
The collision involving the vehicles totaled Spurgeon’s Ford and caused an estimated $8,000 in damage to the Howard Toyota.
A passenger in the Spurgeon Ford, 31-year-old Alecia N. Spurgeon of French Lick, suffered a cut finger but declined to be transported for treatment, according to police.
An officer cited Howard for failing to yield the right of way after the accident.
HUNTINGBURG — Police say a Huntingburg man escaped with minor injuries after his pickup truck rolled onto its side following a collision with an SUV Friday afternoon at U.S. 231 and Chestnut Street.
Ronald Broeker, 59, Huntingburg, was southbound on U.S. 231 in a 2003 Ford Ranger at the time of the 3:30 p.m. accident, according to the Huntingburg Police Department.
Police said the rear driver’s side of Broeker’s truck was struck by a northbound 2008 GMC Acadia driven by 39-year-old Julie Evans of Huntingburg while Evans was attempting to turn left onto Chestnut Street.
After the impact, police said, Broeker’s truck spun off the roadway and overturned.
Police say firefighters with the Huntingburg Volunteer Fire Department who were nearby when the call came across radios quickly responded to the scene. They found Broeker’s red truck on its side with Broeker still inside.
First responders helped Broeker from the vehicle and provided medical attention. He suffered minor scrapes to his face but also complained of chest pain, according to police. He was taken by ambulance to Memorial Hospital for evaluation, police said. He was later released from the hospital with minor injuries, they added.
Evans escaped injury and declined medical treatment, according to Huntingburg police.
Damage to the Evans Acadia was estimated at $1,000 while the Broeker Ranger was listed as a total loss.
HUNTINGBURG — Eric D. Hildenbrand, 42, 7314 W. 800S, Holland, was arrested Tuesday morning by the Huntingburg Police Department and accused of driving while having a license status of habitual traffic violator.
Hildenbrand was arrested just after 8:30 a.m. when an officer became aware the four-door Chevrolet Cavalier he was driving westbound on Sixth Street from Echo Lane was allegedly displaying a false or fictitious plate.
During a traffic stop at Sixth and West Third streets, police determined Hildenbrand’s license was suspended with a status of habitual traffic violator.
Authorities booked Hildenbrand into the Dubois County Security Center at 10:13 a.m. on a preliminary Level 6 felony count of driving while classified as a habitual traffic violator.
FERDINAND — The Ferdinand Police Department arrested Craig N. Freeman, 31, 124 W. Fifth St., on Tuesday afternoon and accused him of driving while classified as a habitual traffic violator.
An officer who knew of Freeman’s driving status from previous contact with him observed him driving a black Lincoln SUV southbound on Main Street from the area of Pine Drive and made contact with him in a business parking lot in the 1800 block of Main Street.
A records check allegedly confirmed his HTV status, according to authorities.
Freeman was booked into the Dubois County Security Center at 2:52 p.m. on a preliminary Level 6 felony count of driving while classified as a habitual traffic violator.
FERDINAND — A fire-damaged, pull-behind RV camper sitting on a Town of Ferdinand-owned lot on West Fifth Street is evidence of the Ferdinand Volunteer Fire Department’s most recent fire run.
The department was called at 1:18 p.m. Saturday to the 63.5-mile marker on I-64 where an RV camper was reported on fire along the eastbound shoulder, according to Fire Chief Dan Lindauer.
While en route, he said, firefighters were told flying embers from the RV fire had touched off several 50-by-100 foot sections of vegetation along the interstate.
Lindauer said the pull-behind trailer being towed by a semi tractor driven by Brett Tabor, Evansville, was basically a mobile living quarters — such as those used by traveling carnival workers — that was divided into six compartments.
It is believed something overheated on one of the camper’s axles, setting the floor above on fire, according to Lindauer.
Firefighters extinguished the grass and RV fires. Lindauer said it is thought the camper, owned by a Mike House, is a total loss.
The camper was taken to the town-owned lot until it could be retrieved by House. Lindauer said he has the owner’s telephone number but does not know where he is from.
Four trucks and 17 firefighters were at the scene along the interstate for 90 minutes. The Ferdinand Police Department and Indiana State Police assisted.
Earlier, at 4:18 p.m. Thursday, the department had been called to the report of a tree on fire at 4224 E. State Road 264.
Lindauer said Thomas Pingry had trimmed brush and lit the pile on fire; however, the pile was near a tree, which also caught on fire.
Firefighters extinguished the tree and brush pile fires.
Three trucks and 13 firefighters were on the scene for 30 minutes.
Neither dispatchers nor the fire department had been notified in advance of the controlled burn, the chief added.
Anyone contemplating a controlled burn should notify the county’s dispatch center — by calling the nonemergency number of 482-9111 — in advance and then stand by at the scene to supervise the fire, according to Lindauer.
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