SUBJECT: Intoxicated Motorist Flees Scene of St. Wendel Road Crash
RELEASE NUMBER: 2020-NR-060
CONTACT: Colonel Noah Robinson
AUTHORITY: Sheriff Dave Wedding
A Haubstadt man is in custody this evening after fleeing the scene of a crash on Saint Wendel Road.
On Saturday, October 03, 2020 at 2:57 PM the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office responded to the intersection of Saint Wendel Road and Whispering Hills Drive to investigate a reported hit and run vehicle crash. A white Chevrolet Silverado pick-up truck had reportedly struck a telephone pole and a mailbox, after which the driver fled the scene.
An off-duty sheriff’s deputy observed the heavily damaged hit and run vehicle and followed the vehicle to an address south of Buente Road. Responding sheriff’s deputies made contact with the driver, who identified himself as Mr. Andrew Robert Halbig. Halbig was visibly intoxicated and admitted to drinking prior to driving. After failing a series of field sobriety tests, Halbig was placed into custody. Several open alcoholic beverage containers were found inside his vehicle. Testing later revealed Halbig’s breath alcohol concentration to be .142% (the legal limit in Indiana is .080%).
Halbig was later booked into the Vanderburgh County Jail and is being held without bond pending a scheduled Monday morning court appearance.
Andrew Robert Halbig (pictured above), 29, of Haubstadt. Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated as a Class A Misdemeanor, Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated as a Class C Misdemeanor, Leaving The Scene of a Crash as a Class B Misdemeanor, Open Container Violation as a Class A Infraction
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