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Jasper Man Jailed On Drug And Neglect Charges After Driving Around Crash Scene
Updated January 13, 2016 7:37 AM | Filed under: Crime
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(JASPER) - A Jasper man was arrested Tuesday night on drug and neglect charges after he drove through a yard to avoid nearly striking a State Trooper at the scene of a weather-related slide off.

Just after 5 p.m. Trooper Brock Werne was assisting with a truck that had slid off of the roadway on Portersville Road south of County Road 500 North, about a mile north of Jasper. The trooper had closed down the road by parking his police car in the middle of the road and turning on his emergency lighting.

That is when a Ford Explorer driven by 24-year-old Caleb M. Peltier of Jasper drove around the police car and through a yard in an attempt to drive around the scene. After not being able to drive past the slide-off, Peltier turned his vehicle around and drove back towards the trooper, who stopped him.

While speaking to Peltier, the trooper smelled what he believed to be the odor of burnt marijuana.

Peltier told the trooper he had smoked marijuana around noon that day and that there was marijuana and drug paraphernalia in the vehicle. Peltier had his 2-year-old and 9-month-old children in the vehicle.

Peltier was arrested and charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated endangerment, OWI with controlled substance, two counts of neglect of a dependent, possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. He was taken to the Dubois County Security Center. The children who were unharmed were picked up at the scene by their mother.

The Indiana State Police reminds motorists who witness reckless and dangerous drivers to immediately contact law enforcement, especially when road conditions are poor. Call 9-1-1 with a location, description of the vehicle, and specifically what reckless actions are happening to help police take dangerous drivers off of Indiana's roadways.

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