A Holland man who authorities say was highly intoxicated was arrested on a number of charges after his vehicle caught fire just west of the Holland Junction early Saturday night.
The Dubois County Sheriff’s Department says they were notified just before 6:30 pm about a pickup on fire west of the State Route 64 and State Route 161 intersection. The caller said he saw a dark green Ford F-150 driving slowly on SR 64 with smoke coming from the wheel well.
Upon their arrival, police found that Wright was highly intoxicated. He told police that a friend had been driving the vehicle when it caught fire, but the witness said Wright was the only occupant of the vehicle.
Deputies say Wright declined to submit to a chemical test, therefore he was arrested for operating while intoxicated. Deputies obtained a warrant to get a blood sample from Wright but he refused that, resulting in a Class D felony charge for obstruction of justice. Police say Wright also made multiple threats to law enforcement and urinated in a deputy’s patrol car, bringing additional charges of criminal mischief and disorderly conduct. He was booked into the Dubois County Security Center.
Additional charges may be filed pending a review of the case by the Dubois County Prosecutor’s Office.
His pickup was a total loss in the incident. The Huntingburg Volunteer Fire Department also assisted with one truck and 10 firefighters. They were on scene for 45 minutes.