SUBJECT: Intoxicated Motorist Causes High Speed Crash
RELEASE NUMBER: 2016-NR-005
CONTACT: Lt. Noah Robinson
AUTHORITY: Sheriff Dave Wedding
On Thursday, January 28, 2016 at approximately 12:11 a.m. the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office responded to W. Diamond Avenue (SR 66) near St. Joseph Avenue in reference to a motor vehicle crash with injuries involving two vehicles.
On scene investigation and statements taken from the drivers and witnesses indicated that a maroon 1995 Chevrolet Impala driven by Mr. Gary Alen Robertson had struck a blue 2008 Honda Civic from behind. Witnesses reported that the Impala passed them at speeds of nearly 100 mph prior to the crash. Both vehicles had been travelling west on W. Diamond Avenue east of St. Joseph Avenue when the Impala struck the Civic at a high rate of speed. The collision caused the Impala to cross into the east bound lanes, strike a guardrail on the south side of W. Diamond Avenue and then enter a field. The Civic struck a guardrail on the north side of W. Diamond Avenue before coming to rest.
The investigating sheriff’s deputy observed that Mr. Robertson appeared intoxicated. The drivers of both vehicles were transported by ambulance to Deaconess Emergency Room for injuries sustained in the crash. The driver of the Civic was treated for what was believed to be minor injuries. Mr. Robertson was treated and released and later booked into the Vanderburgh County Jail on charges of Operating a Motor Vehicle while Intoxicated with Test Refusal as a Class A Misdemeanor.
Westbound W. Diamond Avenue between Kratzville Road and St. Joseph Avenue was closed for approximately 45 minutes while the scene was cleared.
Gary Alen Robertson (pictured above), 33, of Evansville. Operating a Motor Vehicle while Intoxicated with Test Refusal as a Class A Misdemeanor.
Pictured above: Crash scene image of the blue 2008 Honda Civic that was struck from behind on SR 66.