Police: Accident driver had high BAC

From Local Sources

Jeremy Hammers

FERDINAND — Police arrested one of the drivers in a Tuesday evening injury accident on Ferdinand’s south side for allegedly having an extremely high blood alcohol content.

Gary R. Riddle, 52, Santa Claus, was southbound on State Road 162 in a 2019 Toyota Tacoma when the 6:17 p.m. accident occurred at the South Industrial Park Road traffic light, according to the Ferdinand Police Department.

Riddle was waiting to turn left into the Wendy’s restaurant when his truck was rear-ended by a 1991 Ford Ranger driven by Jeremy E. Hammers, 46, 220 Lee Court, according to police.

Police said Riddle exited his vehicle to check on the others involved and also called 911.

During the ensuing investigation, police discovered Hammers and his passenger, Keith Hammers, 67, Ferdinand, had been drinking. Keith Hammers had also been unbelted and his head had struck the Ranger’s windshield during the impact.

Indiana State Police transported driver Jeremy Hammers to Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center for testing that allegedly place his blood alcohol content at .44 percent.

Authorities booked Jeremy Hammers into the Dubois County Security Center at 11:39 p.m. on a preliminary Level 6 felony count of operating while intoxicated. The preliminary impaired driving charge was elevated to a felony because of a prior OWI conviction within the last five years, according to authorities.

The Ferdinand Volunteer Fire Department, Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services and a Berg’s Garage wrecker assisted.

Damage was estimated at $2,500 to the Riddle Toyota and $1,000 to the Hammers Ford.

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