Hit-and-run leads to OWI/battery arrest in Jasper

A Jasper man is facing five felony counts after he was involved in a hit-and-run Saturday night.


According to Jasper police, they received a report of a crash with injuries at the intersection of Newton Street and Baden Strasse at 9:54 p.m. When they arrived, police found a Chevrolet Cruz disabled in the intersection. The other vehicle involved had left the scene.

The driver of the vehicle on scene was treated by Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services.

Witnesses at the scene told police the other vehicle, a crew-cab pickup, involved had rear-ended the victim’s vehicle while it was stopped at the red light and then fled the scene.

Officers later located the other vehicle at 4579 Dewey Street and identified the driver as Steven T. Lang, 22, of that address. Police allege Lang was intoxicated and during the investigation, he became noncompliant with officers.

Police said Lang repeatedly grabbed officers in a rude and insolent manner while being handcuffed despite being told to stop multiple times.

Lang preliminarily tested .304 blood alcohol content.

He was charged with a Level 3 felony count of leaving the scene of an accident causing serious bodily injury, a Level 5 felony count of causing serious bodily injury while operating a vehicle, a Level 5 felony count of bribery, Level 6 felony counts of battery on a public official and operating while intoxicated with previous convictions as well as two misdemeanors, operating while intoxicated (over .15 bac) and operating while intoxicated.

He was booked into the Dubois County Security Center.

The Jasper Volunteer Fire Department, Dubois County Sheriff’s Department and wreckers from Uebelhor & Sons and Ruxer’s assisted.

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