Speeding truck driver accused of impairment

From Local Sources

JASPER — Police have accused the driver of a speeding pickup truck with felony impaired driving.


A Jasper Police Department detective in an unmarked police car reported observing  a blue pickup truck accelerate to a high rate of speed traveling north on Truman Road at 11:45 a.m. Wednesday.

The detective estimated the truck’s speed at 55 to 60 mph in the 25 mph zone. The truck later stopped at the top of the Y, which is Truman Road’s intersection with Sixth Street. But, the detective reported, after waiting for traffic to clear, the truck ran the red light to go east on Sixth Street in violation of the “No Turn On Red” sign by the traffic signal.

The detective followed the 2011 GMC Sierra driven by Kevin J. Sermersheim, 53, 272 Truman Road, until a marked patrol unit could make a traffic stop in the 600 block of Third Avenue.

Sermersheim allegedly failed field sobriety testing after the odor of an alcoholic beverage was detected and, during a blood draw at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center, his blood alcohol content allegedly tested .214 percent.

Authorities booked Sermersheim into the Dubois County Security Center at 6 p.m. on a preliminary Level 6 felony count of operating while intoxicated. The charge was elevated to a felony because of a prior conviction within the last five years, police said.

Sermersheim was also cited for disregarding a traffic control device.

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