Impaired driving charge follows October accident

From Local Sources

JASPER — A Jasper man appeared in court Tuesday on an impaired driving charge tied to an October accident.


Caleb M. Peltier, 27, 1088 W. 36th St., Jasper, was charged in a warrant issued Nov. 20 with Level 6 felony operating while intoxicated (test refusal). The impaired driving charge was elevated to a felony because of a prior conviction for the offense within the last six years.

The Dubois County Sheriff’s Department sought the charge after investigating a crash west of Hillham the afternoon of Saturday, Oct. 6.

Peltier was eastbound on State Road 56 in a 2009 Chevrolet Tahoe when the 5:43 p.m. accident occurred 600 feet east of County Road 900E, according to the sheriff’s department.

A deputy said Peltier had stated his SUV started to travel off the south side of the highway when he looked down at his cellphone. He slammed on his brakes and the passenger side of the Tahoe struck the guardrail, sending the SUV into a roll that found it stopping on its top.

Peltier and a passenger were able to exit the vehicle. They declined to be transported from the scene by ambulance, according to the sheriff’s department.

A deputy said Peltier failed field sobriety testing and then refused a blood draw after being taken to Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center for medical clearance.

The crash totaled the SUV, and a Uebelhor & Sons wrecker assisted.

Peltier presented himself to the court Tuesday for an initial hearing. A not-guilty plea was entered on his behalf by the court and his next hearing was set for Jan. 10.

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