Responders make high water rescue

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From Local Sources

JASPER — Authorities recused a man who had driven into high water north of Jasper Saturday morning.

Richard O. Hawes, 54, Dubois, was westbound on County Road 300N in a 1998 Ford Explorer when the 6:52 a.m. accident occurred west of County Road 175E, according to the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department.

Deputies say Hawes disregarded a “High Water — Do Not Enter” sign and proceeded to drive into high water over County Road 300N. The Explorer went off the south side of the roadway into a deep ditch, according to the sheriff’s department.

Hawes exited his vehicle and was standing in the cold water until responding emergency services arrived.

A deputy was able to navigate to where Hawes was stranded while a Dubois Volunteer Fire Department first responder walked out to the stranded driver. The first responder pulled Hawes over the hood of his vehicle and assisted him into the deputy’s truck.

Hawes was taken to a waiting ambulance. He was transported to Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center for treatment of exposure to the cold, according to the sheriff’s department.

A deputy cited Hawes for disregarding a traffic control device. His vehicles was towed later Saturday when water receded from the roadway.

Department of Natural Resources conservation officers, Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services and a Sternberg Automotive Group wrecker also assisted.

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