The Washington Times-Herald

November 29, 2012

Man escapes injury in DUI accident

Police Report

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11:10 a.m. - An employee of Eastgate Manor, 2119 E. Nat’l Hwy., requested to speak to an officer about a terminated employee who they believe took pills from the facility.

6:31 a.m. - A male subject who appeared to be intoxicated was reported walking along Memorial Ave., near Eastside Park, with something resembling a rifle. A description was given, and the man, identified as Randy Bennington, was located. An officer confiscated a 12-gauge Mossberg Model 88 pump shotgun and told Bennington he could claim it when he was sober. Bennington, who’s on probation, was transported home and the Probation Department was notified. At 10:41 a.m., Bennington attempted to claim his shotgun, but blew a .18 percent on the portable breath test. He was told it has to be 0.00 percent.

1:54 a.m. - Austin Hernandez, 900 S. Meridian St., advised someone tried to break into his apartment through a front window. He said he heard a noise and got up to check on it, and the person ran away. It was too dark to get a description of the person. He requested extra patrol.


2:13 p.m. - Faye Thornton, 1 Maple Ct., advised there was a multi-colored Mongoose bicycle by her garage. She requested someone pick it up.

7:34 a.m. - Michael Mathis, 804 S.E. Second St., reported the theft of a ceramic snowman with “MathisÓ on it and a glass-top table with brown chairs.



7:05 p.m. - A female caller from Odon requested an officer about charges on her debit card. She was advised to call the company as it was all being done online.

5:16 p.m. - A caller advised a truck hit a guard rail at the 55-mile marker on I-69 and was disabled. No state police units were in the area to take the call. The driver had to be extricated from the vehicle, but was not injured. INDOT was notified that several feet of guard rail were destroyed and that the road needed to be sanded. 

5:02 p.m. - Gary Bobbitt, Montgomery, reported vandalism to his property and requested an officer.

3:00 p.m. - Chief Deputy Gary Allison gave a meth presentation to 63 students and three adults at Washington High School.

12:07 p.m. - Kent Schnarr reported the theft of two well casings from 2122 S. SR 257 and requested an officer. An offense report was written.



12:03 a.m. - Mitchell O. Barber, 30, 5327S 50W, was northbound on CR 50W in his 1996 Ford F150 just north of CR 700S when, he stated, he swerved to miss a deer in the roadway. The accident report stated he appeared to have gone left of center and run off the west side of the road, overcorrected and traveled back across the roadway, where he went into a ditch on the east side. The pickup came to rest when it struck a tree head on.

No injuries were reported. He tested .16 percent ACE on an alcohol test and was charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated with ACE of .15 percent or higher and OVWI with a prior conviction. Damage was estimated between $1,000 and $2,500.


11:34 p.m. - Tara R. Smith, 31, Odon, was driving south on CR 1025E near SR 58 when a deer jumped into the path of her 2012 Toyota Sequoia and she was unable to avoid hitting it. Damage was estimated between $5,000 and $10,000.


11:58 p.m. - Alek B. Walls, 17, 1349E 100N, was eastbound on CR 200N in a 2006 Pontiac Grand Prix registered to Tricia and Larry Walls. He stated he took his eyes off the road as he tried to reach something inside the vehicle and veered off the south side of the road into a ditch.

He complained of pain to his shoulder/upper arm and was transported to Daviess Community Hospital for treatment of his injuries. Damage was estimated between $2,500 and $5,000.

Nov. 22

11:32 p.m. - Till Pauls, 21, 4531S 100E, was driving on CR 150N near CR 75E and talking to his passenger, Michael D. Lee, 21, 23 Morningside Dr., when he failed to make a 90-degree turn to the east. The 2012 Mitsubishi Galant rental car registered to Ward Corp. of Pennsylvania, Altoona, Penn., that he was driving traveled off the road and struck a city of Washington utility pole. The vehicle flipped upside down and the pole snapped.

Pauls and Lee were not using restraints, but their airbags deployed. Lee complained of pain to his face. Damage was estimated between $10,000 and $25,000.


Tammy Marie Fleck, 39, Washington, was arrested by city police Tuesday on a warrant for failure to appear for driving while suspended. She was held at the Daviess County Security Center on $2,000 bond.

Jacob Daniel Furman, 24, Linton, was arrested Tuesday by sheriff’s deputies on a warrant for petition to revoke a suspended sentence. He was held on $100,000 bond.

Jail Population: 146