SUBJECT: Intoxicated Driver in Jail after a Pair of Early Morning Road Rage Incidents
RELEASE NUMBER: 2017-NR-067
CONTACT: Lt. Noah Robinson
AUTHORITY: Sheriff Dave Wedding
An Evansville man is in jail on charges of drunk driving after a pair of road rage incidents resulted in one driver being assaulted and another driver having their vehicle struck and then pushed toward a moving train.
Just before 1:00 AM on Saturday, September 30, 2017 a 17-year-old female called 911 to report that she had been assaulted by a motorist. The victim had been driving in the 6300 block of Kratzville Road when a red Dodge Caravan backed out of a driveway and blocked the roadway. When the victim yelled at the motorist, he exited his vehicle and then struck her in the head with his hand before driving away.
A few minutes later, the Sheriff’s Office responded to the area of N. Saint Joseph Ave and Allens Lane upon receiving a report that the same vehicle involved in the assualt on Kratzville Road had struck a vehicle on Allens Lane. The victim reported that he had been stopped in the westbound lane of Allens Lane for moving training when a red Dodge Caravan struck him from behind. The victim reported that the driver attempted to push his vehicle into the train. The victim explained that the motorist then got out of his vehicle and yelled at him before fleeing the scene. The victim followed the van to the intersection of Freedom Drive and Allens Lane, where he observed the driver exit his vehicle and urinate in the middle of the intersection.
A responding sheriff’s deputy located the red van traveling west on Allens Lane and stopped the vehicle. The vehicle had heavy front end damage and was driving on two flat tires. The driver, who was later identified as Mr. Rocky Phillip Plassmeyer, appeared highly intoxicated. After failing all the standardized field sobriety test offered to him, Mr. Plassmeyer was transported to the jail for a breath test. Mr. Plassmeyer’s breath alcohol concentration was .176 g/210L, which is more than double the legal limit of .080.
A check of Mr. Plassmeyer’s criminal history revealed that he was on probation after a conviction for Operating a Motor Vehicle While Intoxicated in March of 2017. Mr. Plassmeyer was lodged in the Vanderburgh County Jail on $20,000 bond.
Rocky Phillip Plassmeyer (pictured above), 27, of Evansville. Operating a Motor Vehicle while Intoxicated as a Class A Misdemeanor, Operating a Motor Vehicle while Intoxicated as a Class C Misdemeanor, Operating a Motor Vehicle wile Intoxicated with a Prior Conviction as a Level 6 Felony, Hit and Run as a Class B Misdemeanor, Battery as a Class A Misdemeanor
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