Published for David Sampson
by: Corinne Moore
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) — An arrest has been made in a crash Thursday night that left a trash collector hospitalized after he was pinned between a trash truck and a vehicle.
Patricia Stewart, 68, faces felony charges of Causing Serious Bodily Injury when Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated and Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated with a Prior Conviction, along with a misdemeanor charge of Possession of Paraphernalia. She also was cited for Operating a Motor Vehicle Without Financial Responsibility and No Operators License in Possession.
The crash happened just after 6 p.m. in the 900 block of Oxford Street. According to police at the scene, a Red River employee was picking up trash behind his truck when a vehicle hit and pinned him.
Responding crews were able to free the man. He was taken to an area hospital with a leg injury. Officers said he is in good condition.
Stewart was found in the back seat of the car. Police said in a probable cause affidavit that she could not figure out how to get out of the car, and police had to smash a window to get to her.
Stewart spoke with investigators at the scene and noticed she was “slurring and mumbling her words,” and swaying as she stood in the roadway, according to the affidavit. Police records show Stewart had a blood-alcohol concentration of .249 – just over three times the legal limit.
Police also found a glass pipe with burnt ends on it from Stewart’s coach, the affidavit said.
The area was closed for almost an hour during the investigation but has since reopened.