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Gibson County (Ind.) nabs two in DUI incidents

Posted by on Tuesday, July 2nd, 2019 @ 11:42 am.

GIBSON CO., Ind. - Gibson County, Indiana (across the river from Wabash County, Illinois) saw a couple of DUI incidents this past weekend/pre-weekend that landed two local guys in the county hoosegow.

The first occurred June 27, when at 10:11 p.m., Gibson County Sergeant Bryan Small was dispatched to West Street just south of State Road 68 in Haubstadt to investigate a single-vehicle accident.

William Hoskins

Upon arriving on scene, Sergeant Small identified the driver as William Hoskins, 42 of Fort Branch. Hoskins advised Sergeant Small that he had hit a concrete barrier and a utility pole with his red 2012 Toyota passenger car. While speaking with Hoskins, Sergeant Small detected the odor of alcohol coming from the driver's breath.

At that point Sergeant Small began a roadside OWI (Operating While Intoxicated, Indiana's equivalent of Illinois' DUI) investigation that resulted in Hoskins ultimately being taken into custody and transported to the Gibson County Jail. Upon arriving at the Gibson County Jail, Hoskins was charged with Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated. He has since posted a $650 bond.

Assisting Sergeant Small in his investigation was Sergeant John Fischer.

Then on June 29 at 10:22 p.m., Gibson County Central Dispatch received a report of an intoxicated driver in a white 2013 Chevy pickup on Spring Street in Princeton, Indiana.

Eric Smith

Deputy Jennifer Loesch located the vehicle and upon watching the vehicle, she conducted a traffic stop on US 41 near County Road 100 North. Upon approaching the vehicle, Deputy Loesch identified the driver as Eric Smith, 31 of Princeton. During a roadside investigation Deputy Loesch administered field sobriety tests before taking Smith into custody and transporting him to the Gibson County Jail. When Smith arrived at the Gibson County Jail, he too was charged with Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated. He has since posted a $650 bond.

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