VCSO Deputy's Vehicle Rear-Ended by Impaired Driver After Separate DUI Arrest

The Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Office says that after a man was arrested for DUI early Friday morning, a woman rear-ended a patrol vehicle as it was blocking traffic before also being arrested for DUI.

Posted: Dec 11, 2020 11:29 AM
Updated: Dec 11, 2020 12:47 PM

Two DUI arrests were made in Vanderburgh County early on Friday morning after two separate crashes occurred.

According to the Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Office, deputies were originally dispatched to the scene of a crash on I-69 near the Green River Road Exit around 2:17 a.m. on Friday morning. When they arrived, deputies found an Audi AQ5 and a Ford Ranger in the median with heavy damage.


Damaged VCSO Vehicle

The investigation resulted in the arrest of the driver of the Audi, 33-year-old Ryan Allen Jones of Loogootee, for operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated. According to VCSO, Jones had a breath alcohol concentration of 0.208 g/210 mL of breath.

Following Jones' arrest, deputies had closed one lane of I-69 while debris was cleared from the roadway. It was then that VCSO says a patrol vehicle occupied by a deputy and his K9 partner was rear-ended by a Kia Sorento, with the Kia also hitting the equipment trailer of the recovery crew that was clearing the debris.

According to VCSO, the driver of that Kia, 28-year-old Breanna Lahart of Evansville, was also found to be under the influence of alcohol. VCSO says that Lahart failed on-scene Standardized Field Sobriety Testing but that it's waiting for confirmatory analysis of her blood.

Even though there was considerable damage to the deputy's vehicle, VCSO says that no one (including the canine) was injured during the crash.

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