Drunk Driver Sends Couple and Children to Hospital

A Jasper man was arrested Saturday evening and charged with operating while intoxicated after he caused a collision that sent a family to the hospital.

Police reported that 74-year old Donald Stewart of Jasper struck two vehicles, Saturday after crossing the center line.

Just after 7pm Saturday evening police reported that 74 year old Stewart veered into oncoming traffic while traveling in a 2003 Chevrolet S10 pickup northbound on Newton Street.

After veering to the left he crossed the left-hand turn lane near the 17th Street intersection, into the opposing traffic lane and sideswiped a 1971 GMC C1500 pickup driven by 34-year old Allan Poe of Huntingburg.

Behind Poe’s 1971 GMC was 33-year old Violet Miller and her family traveling in a 2014 Acadia. Stewart’s pickup continued in the southbound lane and struck the Acadia head on.

Miller suffered injuries to her arm and wrist in the head-on collision. Miller, her husband, David and four juveniles were all treated at Memorial Hospital for injuries.

Stewart was also transported to Memorial Hospital by EMT’s after complianing of pain to his chest, head and leg.

Police said that Stewart had obvious signs of intoxication at the scene. After a blood draw it was determined his blood alcohol content was .129 percent.

Stewart is facing charges of operating while intoxicated, driving while suspended and driving left of center.

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