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A Loogootee man was arrested Wednesday after Troopers found him to allegedly be impaired when he crashed into a charter bus and left the scene.

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Arrested and Charged was David K. O’Brien, 51, Loogootee, IN

  • Leaving the Scene of an Injury Accident, Class A Misdemeanor
  • Operating While Intoxicated, Class A Misdemeanor

At 2:30 P.M. Wednesday, Senior Trooper Jarrod Lents and Master Trooper Gaven Wilson were dispatched to a car versus bus crash at the intersection of County Roads 1200 East and 725 North, just north of West Boggs Lake, in Daviess County.

While en route to the scene, troopers were informed by that the driver of the Chevrolet Impala had left the scene after having help changing a flat tire, and that the bus driver had obtained license plate information from the car.

Troopers Lents and Wilson attempted to locate the vehicle, checking the area near the crash as well as near the residence of where the registered owner of the Chevrolet lived.

A short time later, Lents observed the Chevrolet on County Road 1200 East near County Road 440 North.  Lents blocked the road with his emergency lights on and ordered the driver out of the car.

As Lents assisted the driver, 51 year old David K. O’Brien of Loogootee, out of the vehicle, he immediately observed indications that O’Brien was intoxicated.  O’Brien was bleeding from his arm as a result of the crash; Lents administered first aid by applying bandages to the wound.

Lents placed O’Brien into custody and transported him to Daviess County Hospital, where he preliminarily tested as having a blood alcohol content of 0.31%, almost four times the legal limit of 0.08%.  O’Brien was transported to and lodged in the Daviess County Jail.

The Indiana State Police continues to encourage motorists to dial 911 and report any suspected reckless or impaired driving.  The most effective way to prevent crashes from impaired driving is to simply not drive impaired; however, law enforcement will continue to strive to effectively partner with communities to do everything possible to keep our roadways safe.