Driver arrested in Vermillion County auto/tractor collision

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ST. BERNICE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — The Vermillion County Sheriff’s office responded on Tuesday to a report of a crash just north of St. Bernice on State Road 71 involving a passenger vehicle and a tractor.

The driver of the passenger vehicle subsequently fled the scene and was located on County Road 1050 S near County Road 75 W. and was arrested by Sergeant Tim DisPennett. John Southard, age 68, of Hillsdale, Indiana, was charged with Operating a Vehicle while Intoxicated and for leaving the scene of a property damage accident.

Southard tested 0.26% and was medically cleared by Union Hospital of Clinton. Southard is currently in the Vermillion County Jail, and will be released when the appropriate hold time, based upon his alcohol level, has been completed.

DisPennett was assisted at the scene by Detective Mike Strader, Deputy Troy Vaughn, and Deputy Nick Hall.

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