Medical issue suspected in SUV-vs-tree crash

From Local Sources

JASPER — Police suspect a man’s medical issue resulted in an SUV-versus-tree crash Monday afternoon near 15th and Newton streets.

The 3:19 p.m. incident began at 13th and Newton streets with a Jasper Police Department officer stopped in the southbound lane in his patrol car.

Police report a tan SUV came into the center lane and almost struck the police car.

The officer activated his lights and sirens but the driver continued northbound at speeds in excess of 90 mph.

Police say the driver of the 2000 Oldsmobile Bravada, Theodore J. Klem, 63, Jasper, continued through the intersection at 15th and Newton streets before the SUV ran off the east side of the roadway and wrecked into two large trees before stopping.

Authorities who believe the accident was due to an illness say Klem was transported by ambulance for treatment of unknown injuries. A spokeswoman at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center said he was treated and released.

The crash totaled the Oldsmobile.

An officer cited Klem for improper passing on the left.

Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services, the Jasper Volunteer Fire Department and a Sternberg Automotive Group wrecker assisted.

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