A man who suffered injuries after crashing his car and than leaving the scene was shortly reported within a few hours inside a garage of someone else’s residence.
According to a release of information we received yesterday afternoon, authorities say at about 1:15 a.m. Friday morning, Deputies with the Dubois County Sheriffs Department and the Holland Fire Department responded to a report of an accident with a vehicle on fire on Holland Rd NE about 1/2 mile south of Co Rd 750 S. A 1997 Ford vehicle had been Eastbound on Holland Rd NE.
It was later determined that the driver failed to negotiate a curve, went off the road, and struck an
embankment and came to rest. The vehicle was a total loss. When officers arrived there was no
driver present. Deputies were unable to locate the driver.
33-year old Joshua Pate was than sighted near Co Rd 600 W near Co Rd 1150 S by a resident that lives near the area, who called in about an unknown male subject in the garage at a residence around 5:45 Friday morning.
When confronted by the property owner Pate fled the area.
The Dubois County Sheriffs Department K-9, Judge, and his handler conducted a track and located Pate in a woodline about 500 yards from the residence.
Upon further investigation authorities found that Pate had no signs of a current address.
Memorial EMS and Holland First Responders arrived on scene to treat Pate for injuries he received from the accident including a head injury. He was transported by ambulance to Memorial Hospital and later transferred by ambulance to St. Mary’s Hospital in Evansville.
Authorities say Charges will be sought against Pate for Driving While Suspended-Prior ( Class A
Misdemeanor), Possession of Paraphernalia, 2 Counts of Possession of a controlled
substance (Class A Misdemeanors) and Possession of Methamphetamine ( a Level 6 Felony).