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March 4, 2014

Two people hit by drunk driver

Two people were taken to the hospital after a suspected drunken driver hit them Sunday morning in front of McDonald’s.

At 3:09 a.m., according to the accident report from the Washington police department, Bridgette N. Bess, 33, 107 Jamestown Square, and James A. Hubbard, 34, 774S SR 57, No. 14, was walking west on E. National Highway near the Washington McDonald’s, 1450 E. Nat’l Hwy.

They were on the north side of the road when the driver of a Chrevrolet Malibu struck the two, causing Bess to fall into the ditch immediately. Hubbard then landed on the hood of the Mailbu and when the car stopped 120 feet later, he fell into the ditch.

The driver, Taylor Helms, 23, 3695N 1200E, then turned north on Hillside Drive and according to the accident report, called her mother. She then returned to the scene of the accident.

Bess complained of arm pain while Hubbard was unable to get up. Both were taken to Daviess Community Hospital.

Helms was given a breathalyzer test at the scene that measured .16 percent, the report said. Another test measured her blood-alcohol content at .28 percent, more than three times the legal level of .08 percent. She was arrested for two counts of operating a vehicle while intoxicated causing serious injury, operating a vehicle while intoxicated endangering a person and operating a vehicle while intoxicated with a blood-alcohol level of .15 percent or greater.

Helms was taken to the Daviess County Security Center and then released on $9,000 bond. Damage from the accident was estimated between $2,500 and $5,000.

Bess and Hubbard were transferred to St. Mary’s Hospital in Evansville. A representative with the hospital said Bess is in fair condition while Hubbard is in serious condition.

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