Ferdinand Police were called to the scene of a two-vehicle accident near the intersection of Main and 12th streets at 10:44 p.m. last Friday, July 3. Upon arriving at the scene, officers met with both drivers and determined 22-year-old Evan Hamilton of Ferdinand was attempting to turn northbound from West 12th Street when he struck a 2007 Nissan ATS driven by 25-year-old Brian Chang of Indianapolis. Hamilton told police he did not see Chang’s vehicle until he struck it. No injuries were reported from the accident, but Chang’s Nissan sustained approximately $2,500 in damage, while damage to Hamilton’s 2016 Chevy Cobalt was estimated at $1,000. Both vehicles were able to be driven from the scene.
OWI arrest after backing accident
According to police, 44-year-old Kandra Knies of Jasper was backing out of a parking spot at the Northside Citgo when she struck a parked 2012 Ford F250 belonging to Theodore Cotman, Jr., also of Jasper. During the investigation, officers determined Knies was impaired and transported her to Memorial Hospital, where she was allegedly found to be impaired on prescription medications. Knies was charged with operating while intoxicated, endangering a person (class A misdemeanor) and operating while intoxicated (class C misdemeanor). She was taken into custody and lodged in the Dubois County Security Center.
Fourth of July OWI
At approximately 1:30 a.m. on July 4, an officer with the Jasper Police Department conducted a traffic stop on a Chevrolet Silverado that was pulling a trailer with no tail lights. During the investigation, the officer determined that the driver of the Silverado — 38-year-old Jerad Ward — had been drinking. After a series of field sobriety tests, Ward was transported to the Jasper Police Department, where a chemical breath test showed his blood alcohol content to be 0.182. Ward was transported to the security center on charges of OWI with a BAC of 0.15 or more and operating while intoxicated, endangering a person.