Wreck involving ambulance lands woman in jail

From Local Sources

BRETZVILLE — A Thursday morning collision at the Bretzville Junction that involved a county ambulance has resulted in an arrest and two totaled vehicles.

Police say Austin Hagan, 20, of 48 E. Kennedy St., Chrisney, was headed northbound on State Road 162 at 9:19 a.m. in a 2009 Chevrolet ambulance when the light turned red.

Hagan disregarded the automatic signal, according to police, and proceeded through the intersection during the red light. Police say he did not have his emergency sirens activated.

Riva A. Stenftenagel, 23, of 3630 E. 650S, St. Anthony, was driving her 2004 Lincoln Navigator westbound on State Road 64 and proceeded through the green light and was struck by the Dubois County Emergency Medical Services ambulance, police say.

The resulting impact caused Stenftenagel's vehicle to spin around and come to rest in the northbound lane of State Road 162 facing south. 

The ambulance came to rest in the eastbound turn lane facing north. 

Police say there was a patient who was being treated in the rear of the ambulance at the time of the crash. That patient was transported from the scene to Memorial Hospital in Jasper by another ambulance that was dispatched. 

William Luebbehusen, 49, of  4711 E. Convent Road, Ferdinand was treating the patient in the rear of the ambulance and was not belted in at the time of the crash. Police say he received an abrasion to his face. 

Stenftenagel complained of pain to her head and neck following the crash.

Her two children, ages 4 and 16 months, were in the rear of her vehicle in child safety seats, police say, which lessoned their injuries greatly.

Police say the 4-year-old complained of pain to her neck and the toddler had an abrasion on the right side of his chest.

While EMS was treating Stenftenagel for her injuries, she told the deputies on scene that her license and registration were in her vehicle somewhere. 

While attempting to locate her registration, police say marijuana was allegedly located in the vehicle and officers report that a subsequent blood test at Memorial Hospital showed that Stenftenagel tested positive for marijuana. 

Stenftenagel was then released from Memorial Hospital and transported to the Dubois County Security Center where she was preliminarily charged with possession of marijuana and OWI (controlled substance). 

Hagan was written a citation for disregarding an automatic signal. 

Both vehicles are considered total losses.

Assisting agencies included the Saint Anthony Fire Department First Responders, Ferdinand Police Department and Memorial EMS.




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