(SALEM) – Indiana Conservation Officers are investigating an off-road vehicle (ORV) accident that occurred in Washington County early Sunday morning.
According to police, 32-year-old Mark Gumaelius of Salem and one of his two adult passengers suffered injuries when he was driving an ORV on Rooster Hill Road, north of Salem.
Shortly before 1 a.m., Gumaelius attempted to turn onto Rooster Hill Road and lost control of the vehicle and struck a tree.
His passenger was transported by ambulance to Schneck Medical Center in Jackson County. Gumaelius was ejected, was knocked unconscious, and suffered head injuries.
Alcohol is believed to be a contributing factor, and as a result, Gumaelius is facing pending charges of operating an off-road vehicle under the influence of an alcoholic beverage.
None of the occupants was wearing a helmet or using safety equipment.
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