Hit-and-run driver accused of OWI

From Local Sources


JASPER — Police who made an arrest Monday after a hit-and-run incident accused a Vanderburgh County man of driving while impaired and leaving the scene.

The Jasper Police Department responded at 1:05 p.m. after there were multiple 911 calls reporting a man in a gold car had left the area of 36th Street and Manor Drive after his car struck two vehicles.

The gold car, a 2007 Honda Accord, had been northbound on Manor Drive when it struck two parked cars near 36th Street. Police allege the driver, Aaron W. Hancock, 33, Evansville, left the scene in an attempt to flee and evade police.

Police received information moments later that Hancock was hiding in woods close to where the accident had occurred. He was located and complied with officer commands, police said.

Law enforcement said Hancock was found to be impaired, with a blood alcohol content twice the legal limit.

Authorities booked Hancock into the Dubois County Security Center at 4:49 p.m. on preliminary charges of misdemeanor leaving the scene of a property damage accident and Level 6 felony operating while intoxicated.

The impaired driving charge was elevated to a felony because of a prior conviction for the offense within the last five years.

Hancock posted bond at 4:40 a.m. Tuesday.

The two cars hit during the incident were a 2010 Toyota Corolla owned by Christina Terry of Jasper and a 2008 Kia Rio owned by Jerry Lamkin of Jasper, according to police.

Jasper officers said the Terry Corolla was a total loss. They estimated damage to the Lamkin Kia at $1,000.

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