VCSO finds unoccupied vehicle near downed telephone lines; driver apprehended


VANDERBURGH CO, Ind (WEHT) – A Haubstadt man was arrested Saturday after leaving the scene of a crash on Saint Wendel Road.

Deputies responded to the intersection of Saint Wendel Road and Whispering Hills Drive to investigate a reported hit and run. A pick-up truck had reportedly struck a telephone pole and a mailbox, after which the driver fled the scene.

An off-duty sheriff’s deputy observed the heavily damaged hit and run vehicle and followed the vehicle to an address south of Buente Road.

Deputies say the driver, Andrew Halbig, 29, was visibly intoxicated and admitted to drinking before driving. Several open alcoholic beverage containers were found inside his vehicle.

Testing later revealed Halbig’s breath alcohol concentration to be .142% (the legal limit in Indiana is .080%).

Halbig was taken to the Vanderburgh County Jail and is being held without bond. He is scheduled to be in court Monday.

He faces two charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated, as well as leaving the scene of a crash and open container violation charges.

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(This story was originally published on October 3, 2020)


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