Man arrested following OWI crash with child present

By Herald Staff

OTWELL — A Huntingburg man was arrested Saturday night after crashing his truck at the corner of County Road 1000E and County Road 325N near Otwell.

Chaz Lengacher, 33, 612 E. First St., was charged with neglect of a dependent and operating a vehicle while intoxicated with a passenger less than 18 years of age, both Class 6 felonies, leaving the scene of a crash and reckless driving, both Class A misdemeanors, and public intoxication, a Class B misdemeanor.

He had with him a minor who sustained minor injuries. The child was checked by Pike County EMS before being released to his mother’s custody.

Pike County Dispatch received a 911 call at 8:52 p.m. Saturday about a single vehicle accident. The caller said a male and a small child were standing outside the truck, Indiana State Police reported.

Pike County Sheriff's Deputies arrived to the scene but didn't find the driver or child. And Indiana State trooper arrived and both officers searched the area. The driver, identified as Lengacher, and the child were found in a nearby cornfield.

Officers were able to determine that Lengacher was driving his 1998 Chevrolet pickup truck when he lost control and crashed into a ditch.

Lengacher displayed signs of impairment and failed field sobriety tests, police said. He was arrested and taken to the Pike County Jail.

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