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DUI arrest forthcoming after Friday crash on S.R. 120, police say

Two men were injured after police say an intoxicated driver crossed the center line and crashed into another vehicle head-on.

Posted on Dec. 20, 2013 at 12:00 a.m. | Updated on Dec. 20, 2013 at 4:40 p.m.

One of the drivers in a two-car crash on S.R. 120, was intoxicated, police say.

The crash happened at about 3:55 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20, near Bristol.

Undersheriff Sean Holmes of the Elkhart County Sheriff's Department said a westbound Chevy Malibu swerved left, crossed the center line and crashed head-on into an eastbound GMC Yukon driven by 68-year-old Charles Richard Howell of Kendallville, Ind.

Both drivers were taken to Elkhart General Hospital. Both men, a news release from the sheriff's department says, had back pain but the driver of the Malibu also said he had neck pain and his face was cut during the crash.

Police initially named the driver of the Malibu in a news release, but have since retracted that information.

"We are attempting to verify the name of (the Malibu driver)," Holmes said in an email sent shortly after a press release was published. "There have been some developments since the news release was drafted."

Holmes said the sheriff's department plans to arrest the driver of the Malibu after he's released from the hospital on a preliminary charge of operating a vehicle while intoxicated. As of 8 p.m. Friday, it was unknown when the driver's identity would be released.

Both drivers were wearing seat belts.

The Bristol Fire Department and the Elkhart County Sheriff's Department responded to the scene.

Traffic in both directions on S.R. 120 was limited or stopped for about two hours. An investigation conducted by the sheriff's department continues.

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