Man arrested following car-vs-scooter crash

From Local Sources

BRETZVILLE — Two people were seriously injured after being ejected from their scooter during an early morning crash Monday just east of the Bretzville Junction.


At 6:38 a.m., according to the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department, 39-year-old Shane Schlachter of Birdseye was westbound on the highway on his 2014 Kymco 50 scooter when he was approached from the rear by 22-year-old Richard E. Dooley III, 5191 E. State Road 264, Ferdinand, in his 2012 Ford Mustang.

Dooley later reported to police that he may have fallen asleep as he came upon the scooter, striking it in the rear with the front of his car.

Police report that both Schlachter and a passenger on the scooter, 30-year-old Stephanie Neukam of Birdseye, were ejected and landed in the roadway. Both Schlachter and Neukam were not wearing helmets and received serious head injuries in the accident. The sheriff’s department said the severity of their injuries could have been greatly reduced had they been wearing helmets.

After an investigation, the sheriff’s department reported that Dooley failed field sobriety testing at the scene and tested positive for marijuana following a blood test at Memorial Hospital. The sheriff’s department said he admitted to smoking marijuana the previous evening. He was taken into custody on two preliminary Level 5 felony counts of operating while intoxicated causing serious bodily injury.

He was booked into the Dubois County Security Center at 9:57 a.m. and was scheduled to appear in court today. The sheriff’s department said Dooley’s preliminary impairment charges were enhanced because of a previous operating while intoxicated conviction in 2015.

Schlachter was flown by Statflight helicopter from Memorial Hospital for further treatment at Deaconess Midtown Hospital in Evansville. Neukam was transferred by ambulance to Deaconess Midtown Hospital for treatment of her injuries.

The roadway was closed for about 45 minutes while the scene was cleared.

Assisting agencies included the St. Anthony Volunteer Fire Department, Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services and a Uebelhor & Sons wrecker.

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