Dubois County Reports- June 23, 2020

Ferdinand Fire Department

Run to Monastery

At 4:42 p.m. last Tuesday, Ferdinand Fire Department was called to Monastery of the Immaculate Conception on 802 E 10th Street to report of a general fire alarm. Upon arriving, firefighters found a slight haze on the first floor causing the smoke detector to activate. During an investigation it was discovered a new air handler that had blown dust out of the air ducts. The hallway cleared itself and personnel reset the fire alarm system. Four trucks and 15 personnel were on scene for approximately 45 minutes. Ferdinand Police and maintenance personnel provided assistance.

Brush fire on I-64

Ferdinand Fire Department members were called to mile marker 66 on I-64 last Thursday to report of a brush fire. Upon arriving at the scene firefighters found that approximately 1/2 an acre was burning. Personnel extinguished the fire, which was believed to have been started by a blown semi trailer tire. Three trucks and seven personnel were on scene for approximately 30 minutes.

Ferdinand Police

Collision at intersection

After stopping at the stop sign at Sunrise Drive and East 5th Street, 68-year-old Judith Seifrig of Bristow proceeded through the intersection and collided with a 2000 Chevy Silverado driven by 58-year-old Patrick Snyder of Ferdinand. Seifrig later told police she could not see the oncoming, eastbound Silverado due to an embankment and plant growth that obstructed her view. Seifrig was faulted for the accident due to failing to yield to oncoming traffic. Neither driver was injured in the June 16, 10:30 a.m. accident. Seifrig’s 2017 Chevy Impala sustained approximately $10,000 in damage, while Snyder’s Silverado had about $5,000 in damage.

Dubois Co. Sheriff’s Office

Motorcyclist life-flighted after accident

At approximately 12 a.m. on Sunday, June 21, the Dubois County Dispatch Center received an emergency call in reference to a male subject who had been involved in a motorcycle accident in the area of SR 164, east of Celestine. Dubois County Sheriff’s Office, Celestine First Responders and Dubois County EMS responded to the scene. The male subject was life-flighted to Evansville for further medical evaluation. The accident is still under investigation.

Jasper Police

OWI arrest after backing accident

A Washington man was charged with operating while intoxicated after backing into another vehicle last Wednesday afternoon, June 17. According to officers, 52-year-old David Davis of Washington backed into a 2008 Toyota Prius in the parking lot at 1920 Lube Way. Officers determined Davis was showing signs of impairment and conducted a field sobriety test. Davis was then transported to Memorial Hospital, where Davis allegedly refused a search warrant for a chemical test. Davis was charged with obstruction of justice and operating while intoxicated with a prior, both level 6 felonies, and operating while intoxicated refusal and possession of marijuana with a prior, both class A misdemeanors. He was lodged in the Dubois County Security Center.

Driver charged with OWI, leaving scene

At approximately 12 a.m. on Saturday, June 20, Jasper Police received a call from a witness who had observed a vehicle strike two other vehicles before leaving the scene. Officers later located the vehicle in question — a white Pontiac Grand Prix — in a parking lot near 14th and Dewey Streets. The driver, 33-year-old Torey Houchin of Jasper, was found passed out in the driver’s seat of the Grand Prix, according to the report. Memorial EMS transported Houchin to Memorial Hospital, where a chemical test resulted in a preliminary result of 0.178 BAC. Houchin was arrested on charges of OWI with a BAC of over 0.15, OWI endangerment and leaving the scene of an accident. He was lodged in the Dubois County Security Center.

Traffic stop leads to drug charges

An officer with the Jasper Police Department conducted a traffic stop on a 1998 Dodge Durango last Thursday night for a driver who was not wearing his seatbelt. After further investigation, the officer discovered the driver — 31-year-old Andrew Michael Jones of Jasper — was operating a vehicle as an habitual traffic violator. Marijuana, drug paraphernalia and a controlled substance were located in Jones’ vehicle during the investigation. Jones was arrested on charges of operating a vehicle as an habitual traffic violator, a level 6 felony, and class A misdemeanor counts of possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia.

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