(BEDFORD) – A Bedford man complained of head pain after a two-vehicle accident on 16th Street on Wednesday night.
According to a Bedford Police report, 55-year-old Charles Rittenhouse gave police several different versions on what happened to cause the accident near Brian Lane Way.
Police say Rittenhouse first told them he was texting and driving and swerved into the oncoming traffic. Then he said that he must have passed out before the accident.
Police say Rittenhouse had slurred speech and bloodshot eyes during their investigation.
He consented to a blood-alcohol test.
He was transported to IU Health Hospital by ambulance for treatment of head pain and the blood-draw. Those results are pending.
According to a witness who was driving behind Rittenhouse, he watched as Rittenhouse’s 2007 Dodge Dakota pickup which was traveling west on 16th Street, cross all lanes of traffic. He says it appeared Rittenhouse was attempting to make a u-turn into oncoming eastbound traffic striking a 209 Freightliner tractor-trailer driven by 64-year-old David Simmons, of Springfield, Ill.
Simmons attempted to avoid the collision but was unable to. He was not injured in the crash.