SUBJECT: Alcohol a Factor in Three Separate Overnight Crashes
RELEASE NUMBER: 2015-NR-021
CONTACT: Sgt. Jeff South / Lt. Noah Robinson
AUTHORITY: Sheriff Dave Wedding
The Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office is investigating three separate overnight crashes, all believed to be the result of drunk driving.
The first crash occurred at 10:58 pm on Shoshoni Lane at Crossfield Drive and involved a black Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck that left the roadway. The truck drove through a fence and struck a storage shed. The vehicle came to rest only a few feet from a residence. The driver attempted to walk away from the scene, but was located a short distance away by responding sheriff’s deputies. The driver, Mr. Caleb Lannan, was transported to the hospital for non life-threatening injuries.
The second crash occurred at 2:17 am. Ms. Makayla Broeker was driving her silver Saturn Aura south on Schutte Road near Hwy 62 when she ran off the right side of the roadway. The vehicle traveled through a guardrail before coming to rest on its passenger side. Ms. Broeker was transported to the hospital for non life-threatening injuries.
The third accident occurred at 2:20 am. Mr. Randall McCandless of Gentryville, Indiana drove his Chevrolet Camaro off the roadway and into a water reservoir near Rusher Creek Drive and Hwy 41. Mr. McCandless and two passengers were able to crawl out of the reservoir and walk to a nearby business prior to the Sheriff’s Office being notified. The driver and one passenger were transported to the hospital for non life-threatening injuries. Tire marks were located leading from the roadway to the water’s edge. The vehicle was completely submerged and arrangements are being made to recover it.
All three crashes remain under investigation while the Indiana State Department of Toxicology conducts chemical testing on blood samples taken from each driver.
Sheriff Dave Wedding stated, “Our third shift patrol deputies certainly had their hands full Saturday night. DUI investigation is a time consuming process, with many protocols that have to be followed to ensure usable evidence is obtained.” Sheriff Wedding added, “Despite our best efforts to publicize the dangers of impaired driving, some motorists either don’t get or just ignore the message.”
DRIVER CRASH #1: Caleb James Lannan, 23, of Evansville.
DRIVER CRASH #2: Makayla Elizabeth Broeker, 21, of Evansville.
DRIVER CRASH #3: Randall McCandless, 25, of Gentryville, IN.
Pictured above: Crash scene at Shoshoni Lane at Crossfield Drive.
Pictured above: Chevrolet Camaro being pulled from the water near Rusher Creek Drive and Hwy 41