Police: Battered wife drove into husband

From Local Sources

Zach Opel

HUNTINGBURG — Police allege a man was struck Saturday by a car driven by the pregnant wife he had battered.

The Huntingburg Police Department was called at 5:17 p.m. to an accident at 10th and Main streets in which a man was struck by a car that left the scene.

Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services came to the scene and took the pedestrian, Zach D. Opel, 22, 410 E. Fourth Ave., Huntingburg, to Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center.

Police said Opel’s wife, Marissa A. Opel, 20, also of the Fourth Avenue address, was identified as the driver. Officers located her at the Fourth Avenue address along with the 2006 Chevrolet Impala she had been driving.

The car’s windshield was damaged, police said.

Marissa Opel was taken into custody and preliminarily charged with a misdemeanor count of leaving the scene of a personal injury accident.

During the investigation, police learned that, prior to the accident, a domestic incident had taken place about a block east of the accident scene. Police allege Marissa Opel was trying to get her husband into the vehicle and Zach Opel struck her several times, causing injury to Marissa Opel.

Zach Opel, who was treated and released at the hospital, was arrested and preliminarily charged with a Level 5 felony count of domestic battery. Police report the preliminary domestic battery charge was enhanced because Marissa Opel is pregnant.

Marissa Opel was transported to Memorial Hospital where she was treated and released.

Both subjects were booked into the Dubois County Security Center where Marissa Opel is being held on a $500 bond and Zach Opel is being held on a $2,500 bond.

Damage to the Impala was estimated between $500 and $1,000. A KARS wrecker assisted.

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