Wrong-Way Drunk Driver Hits Vanderburgh County Deputy Patrol Car

52-year-old Tahir Demirovic of Evansville was arrested when he rolled his car into a deputy’s patrol car on Friday. Now, a local father is reminding the community to think before getting behind the wheel of a car impaired.

Posted: Jun 18, 2021 9:46 PM
Updated: Jun 19, 2021 9:07 AM

The Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office says they arrested a 52-year-old Evansville man who rolled his car into a deputy’s patrol car on Friday.

It happened around 3:15 A.M. early Friday morning near Highway 41 and E. Mount Pleasant Road.

Deputies say they spotted a car stopped on the side of the road and turned around to check if the driver was okay. Flashing their emergency lights to get the driver’s attention, 52-year-old Tahir Demirovic’s car started to roll over the train tracks toward the highway.

Deputies say Demirovic was seen slumped over the wheel of the car, as he continued to roll onto the wrong side of the road. He came to after hitting the deputy’s patrol car head on.

Authorities say nobody was hurt in the crash.

At the time of the accident, authorities say Demirovic had a warrant and was taken to Vanderburgh County Jail.

Now, a local father is reminding the community to think before getting behind the wheel of a car impaired.

Charles Brown lost his son, Logan, when the high schooler was hit by a wrong-way drunk driver in 2015. He now dedicates his time to the organization ‘Logan’s Promise’ which aims to provide safe-ride programs to get drunk drivers off the road.

In response to Friday night’s accident Brown told 44News, “You feel thankful that it ended the way that it did and that nobody was hurt, and that everybody gets to tell the story today. The other part, it’s a struggle because you still see the things going on.”

“We have a preventable situation that we continue to see reoccur time and time again,” says Brown.

Vanderburgh County Sheriff Dave Wedding says the amount of drunk driving arrests is a lot smaller than the actual number of drunk drivers on the roadways.

“It's never an easy situation to have to recover from,” says Brown. “I talk to the people who had the DUI’s and the first question I ask them is, “Do you feel lucky sitting in this room? Because there are 10,680 people from last year that weren't quite as lucky.”

Brown says you often don’t think about the effects of drunk driving till it happens to you.

Logan would have turned 22 on June 22nd. “The effects of this is forever and it’s lasting and we still deal with it today,” his father says.

“We have a responsibility as a community to keep these people off the street. It’s not just the police and the sheriff’s department’s responsibility. We all carry that responsibility to step up and say, ‘hey, let’s not drive tonight. Or let me take you home. Or let’s get you a ride,’” Brown says.

Brown says there is no excuse for anyone to drive drunk with safe-ride programs in place to get them home safely. The next Logan’s Promise safe-ride opportunity will be on Fourth of July weekend.

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