Speeding driver accused of felonies

From Local Sources


JASPER — A speeding driver was arrested and accused of two felonies Wednesday afternoon on the city’s east side.

A Jasper Police Department officer stopped an 1996 Oldsmobile Cutlass at 1:51 p.m. at College and Third avenues for exceeding the speed limit. An officer clocked the car at 58 mph in the 45 mph zone.

Police say the driver, David W. Kerstiens, 50, 485 E. Schnellville Road, Jasper, was found to be classified as a habitual traffic violator.

While interacting with Kerstiens regarding his driving status, police say a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage was coming from Kerstiens’ person and other indicators of being under the influence were being exhibited.

Police said Kerstiens failed field sobriety testing and had a blood alcohol content that tested .121% in a certified test conducted at the Jasper Police Station.

The investigation also found that Kerstiens had three prior OWI convictions within the last five years, which elevated his new preliminary impaired driving charge to a felony.

Authorities booked Kerstiens into the Dubois County Security Center at 4:37 p.m. on preliminary Level 6 felony counts of operating while intoxicated and driving while classified as a habitual traffic violator.

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