BERNE, Ind. (WFFT) — State police say a man was arrested Sunday evening after he was allegedly driving drunk on ignored a stop sign and crashed injuring several people in Adams County.
At approximately 7:40 p.m. Sunday, troopers with the Indiana State Police responded to a crash with injuries at the intersection of U.S. Highway 27 and County Road 200 South, just north of Berne in Monroe Township.
Troopers say there were two vehicles involved, both with a significant amount of damage, and several people who were hurt.
The two vehicles involved were a Ford Econoline van, driven by 48-year-old James C. Hamner of Portland and a Chevrolet Traverse, driven by 41-year-old Tadie Ramirez, of Fort Wayne.
Hamner was driving east on C.R. 200 South when he ignored the stop sign at the U.S. 27 intersection and turned in front of Ramirez who was driving north on U.S. 27.
As Hamner's van entered the intersection, Ramirez's SUV crashed into the passenger side of the van.
Ramirez and her passenger were both transported by Adams County EMS to a Fort Wayne area hospital for their injuries.
Both were reportedly wearing seatbelts.
There were eight passengers in Hamner's van and none of them were wearing seatbelts, according to ISP.
Two adults in the van were transported by Adams County EMS to a Fort Wayne area hospital for their injuries.
Hamner was not injured, but police say they noticed him showing signs of being drunk and he was breathalyzed.
Investigators say a breathalyzer revealed Hamner had a BAC level of .204, which is more than twice Indiana's legal limit of .08.
Hamner was arrested on the following charges: operating while intoxicated, operating while intoxicated, with a BAC over .15 and failure to yield right of way.
Hamner was taken to the Adams County Jail.