Police say driver had been drinking before crash

JACKSON TWP. — An Indianapolis man was injured in a crash on Bear Creek Road Friday night after his vehicle was struck by a driver whom police say had been drinking.

Police say Randall L. Ramsey, 38, Gosport, had a legal level of alcohol in his system when his vehicle skidded on gravel in a curve on Bear Creek Road. It struck a vehicle driven by Stephen Ullrich, 66, Indianapolis, at around 6 p.m.

Brown County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Bill Southerland’s report said Ramsey’s blood-alcohol content was 0.068, according to a breath test. The legal limit for a driver is 0.08.

Southerland reported that the marks in the gravel showed Ramsey’s vehicle was left of center in the curve before the impact. He reported Ullrich’s vehicle appeared to have been off the right side of the road as far as possible, against a dirt bank, before the crash.

Police were unable to get a statement from Ullrich due to his injuries. He was taken to a hospital by ambulance for pain in the chest area, the report said. He was still at Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital on June 5, according to the sheriff’s department.

Ramsey was treated at the scene for minor bleeding to his face, the accident report said. His driver’s license had been suspended and he did not have insurance, the report said.

Both men were wearing their seat belts.

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Suzannah Couch grew up in Brown County, reading the Brown County Democrat. A 2013 Franklin College graduate, she covers business, cops/courts, education and arts/entertainment.