ANGOLA, IN – An individual has been arrested following an incident where a driver reportedly rammed a parked car on purpose, which resulted in injuring a pedestrian and caused property damage.
According to the Steuben County Sheriff’s Department, officers responded to the Steuben County Campground located at Crooked Lake Lane 101 at about 9:18 p.m. Saturday night. A preliminary investigation determined a driver of a vehicle had been involved in a domestic dispute with another subject at the campground. The driver then intentionally rammed the parked vehicle owned by the other party involved in the domestic dispute, causing damage.
Investigative reports indicate the driver then attempted to leave the scene. A male bystander, who witnessed the events, attempted to stop the vehicle from leaving by trying to open the driver’s side door, but his attempt failed. The bystander then broke out the driver’s side window, at which point the driver accelerated away from the area. In an attempt to hold onto the vehicle, the bystander fell on the pavement and suffered abrasions to the legs and a head injury from striking the pavement.
Additional responding police officers arrived at the campground and located the male bystander lying on the roadway. Officers administered first aid until EMS arrived on scene. The bystander was transported to Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne by Steuben County EMS for medical treatment, and was later discharged.
The driver of the vehicle was located at the intersection of County Road 200 West and Crooked Lake Lane 101 by one of the responding deputies. The vehicle went southbound on County Road 200 West and crashed into the median near the junction of I-69, striking a sign.
The driver was then taken into protective custody and transported to Cameron Hospital for a medical and mental health evaluation.
The case remains under investigation by the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office.
Assisting the Steuben County Sheriff’s Department at the scene were the Angola Police Department, Indiana State Police, Steuben County EMS, Angola Fire/Rescue, and the Steuben County Park Superintendent.
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