Driver Hospitalized Following Possible Drunk Driving Accident
By Mike Perleberg
(Osgood, Ind.) – A man had to be flown by aircare to the hospital following a suspected drunk driving crash in Ripley County Sunday.
It was around 11:10 a.m. Sunday when Tony Buchanan, 51, of Versailles, wrecked his car off the road and into a utility pole, snapping it in half. The crash occurred at 1088 North County Road 200 West.
Buchanan was trapped inside the mangled Ford Taurus. Firefighters had to use “jaws of life” to cut him out of the wrecked car before he could be flown to the hospital by PHI Air Medical.
His injuries were said to be non life-threatening. Buchanan’s current condition is not known.
Ripley County Sheriff’s investigators said that alcohol is believed to be a factor in the crash, which remains under investigation. Sheriff Tom Grills said this accident should serve as a warning to all motorists.
“This goes to show the motoring public potential intoxicated drivers are not limited to late night or early morning driving. It is a real possibility that operators of vehicles can be intoxicated during the middle of the day. Use caution while driving and report suspected intoxicated drivers immediately,” said Grills.
Also assisting at the scene were Ripley County Medic, Osgood First Responders, and Rescue 69.