RANDOLPH COUNTY, Ind. (September 22, 2015) – A Randolph County man was arrested on OWI charges after he hit a cyclist Monday night.
Deputies were called to the scene around 9:10 p.m. on a report of a person struck.
When they arrived they found a 23-year-old lying unconscious in the ditch on the side of the roadway suffering from an apparent broken leg and internal injuries.
Randolph County EMS called for Careflight to fly to the scene and transport the victim to a hospital in Dayton, Ohio.
The driver of the vehicle, Alvin Acree, 54, of Farmland, was driving a mini-van, and he told police he thought he hit a deer.
Then he retraced his statement and said the cyclist veered into his path.
Preliminary investigation shows that the bicyclist was thrown up and into Acree’s windshield.
Acree was arrested by Randolph County Deputies for operating a vehicle while under the influence of a controlled substance and causing serious bodily injury.
The victim is still in the intensive care unit and listed in serious condition.