Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department officers were called to a single-vehicle accident scene on County Road 500 South near 1600 West in Francesville on Sunday. Kenneth Nuest, 47, of Francesville told police that he was traveling on County Road 500 South when he fell asleep. His vehicle hit some gravel which caused him to wake up. He reportedly was traveling off the roadway on the north side of the road. He attempted to correct the vehicle and told police that he believes that he over-corrected. The vehicle then began to fishtail and the vehicle left the roadway and began to flip and slide.
When officers arrived on scene, the pick-up truck Nuest was driving was on its top and damage was done to the entire vehicle. Nuest said he went to Bob Wuethrich’s house seeking help and Wuethrich helped bandage his injured arm. The officer noticed the odor of alcohol coming from his breath. He reportedly told police that he had quit drinking approximately two hours before the accident. He was taken to the Jasper County Hospital due to the nature of his injuries. A blood draw was taken where it was determined that his blood alcohol content was .09%. He was released from the hospital later that day.
The case has been forwarded to the Pulaski County Prosecutor’s office for a possible charge of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated.