Ireland-area washout damages car

From Local Sources

IRELAND — Police believe a pavement irregularity along State Road 56 west of Ireland damaged a woman’s car Monday.

Jessica N. Boudakian, 22, Jasper, was eastbound on State Road 56 in a 2011 Kia Optima when the 6:50 a.m. incident occurred 750 feet west of County Road 600W, according to the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department.

Boudakian told a deputy she pulled into a private drive to get off the highway after hitting what she thought had been a pothole in the road. When she surveyed her car, according to the sheriff’s department, she noticed its front bumper had been torn off and the passenger-side front tire had been popped.

A deputy who noted damage to the wheel rim and tire sidewall reported the bumper may have been dislodged when Boudakian entered the private drive with a flat tire.

After investigating, the deputy noted a deep washed-out area along the south edge of the highway where the roadway surface and shoulder meet.

The Indiana Department of Transportation was reportedly notified of the irregularity.

Damage to the Kia was estimated between $1,000 and $2,500.

A Bob Luegers Motors wrecker assisted.

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