VERMILLION COUNTY, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — The driver of a mustang was reportedly under the influence when he lost control of his vehicle while attempting a pass and crashed into a bridge on US 36.

That’s according to the Vermillion County Sheriff, who said 39-year-old Kristopher Posthauer not only had drugs in his system, but enough alcohol to test at 4 times the legal limit. The crash occurred on Saturday, March 18 at 10:42 a.m. on US 36 near the intersection with S 3rd Street just north of Hillsdale.

Investigating deputies found that Posthauer had attempted to pass vehicles in an area with double yellow lines and lost control of his car, crashing into a guardrail and then into the bridge’s concrete wall.

At a nearby hospital, Posthauer reportedly was found to have a blood alcohol concentration of 0.32%. A non-commercial driver in Indiana is considered to be under the influence if their blood alcohol level reaches 0.08% or more.

The Sheriff said that additional tests found that Posthauer also had controlled substances in his system.

According to Sheriff Holtkamp, Posthauer faces the following charges

  • Operating a vehicle with a schedule I or II controlled substance or its metabolite in the body
  • Operating a vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.15% or higher
  • Operating a vehicle while intoxicated endangering a person
  • Reckless driving

Posthauer was taken to the Vermillion County jail and held on $9,000 bond with no 10% allowed.