Two Cited for OWI in CR 400 South Accident

The Dubois County Sheriff’s Department is continuing its investigation into a Saturday night crash along County Road 400 South that sent one person to a regional hospital with serious injuries.

Dubois County Sheriff’s deputies say 34-year-old Nicholas Betz of Birdseye and 22-year-old Reece VanWinkle of Huntingburg both claim that the other person was in their lane of travel along County Road 400 South as they approached from opposite directions prior to the crash that took place just after 7:30 pm Saturday evening.

Betz’s vehicle escaped damage, but VanWinkle’s vehicle was a total loss in the crash. Both drivers registered BAC’s above the legal limit, with VanWinkle’s BAC registering at .09 and Betz’s BAC registered at .19 percent. Both Betz and VanWinkle were cited for operating while intoxicated.

A passenger in VanWinkle’s vehicle, Benjamin Schwoeppe of Ferdinand, was the only passenger in VanWinkle’s vehicle not wearing a seatbelt and was thrown from the vehicle as it rolled. Schwoeppe was transported to Memorial Hospital and was later airlifted to St. Mary’s Hospital in Evansville for work on a fractured spine. Officials say Schwoeppe is in serious, but stable condition. Neither Betz or VanWinkle were injured in the crash.

St. Anthony First Responders and Memorial Hospital EMS assisted at the scene.