Holland Man Arrested After Being Pulled from Burning Truck

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.

The caller told authorities he was able to notify the driver, identified as 49-Clifford Wrightyear old Clifford Wright of Holland, about the smoke and as soon as Wright was pulled from the truck, it began to burn.

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.