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VCSO: Alcohol a Factor in Crash that Hospitalized Three

VCSO: Alcohol a Factor in Crash that Hospitalized Three

Bill Stephens

June 26th, 2016

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On Saturday around 7:08pm the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office responded to South Weinbach Avenue north of the I-69 overpass upon report a of vehicle crash involving injury.

On scene investigation indicated the car had been traveling north on South Weinbach Avenue before leaving the roadway and striking a tree. Authorities say the driver, later identified as 54 year old Robert Wesley Burton III of Evansville, sustained a broken forearm as a result of the crash, and two other passengers were also injured. Deputies indicate the front passenger sustained a broken forearm and broken lower leg and the rear passenger sustained an internal abdominal injury and a broken wrist.

An investigating sheriff’s deputy reported that Burton appeared visibly intoxicated. The release states a deputy attempted to obtain Burton’s consent for a blood sample at the hospital, but he refused, and a warrant was then obtained with the assistance of the Vanderburgh County Prosecutor’s Office. The Sheriff’s Office later compelled a blood sample from Burton and a preliminary hospital testing revealed his blood alcohol content was more than three times the legal limit of .08.

Due to Burton’s injuries, police say He was not arrested but an arrest warrant for Operating a Motor Vehicle while Intoxicated Causing Serious Bodily Injury will be sought at a later date.

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(Image: Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office)

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