Shipshewana man was drunk when he rear-ended a hay wagon in LaGrange County

A Shipshewana man was intoxicated when he rear-ended a hay wagon on a LaGrange County road Monday night, police say.

Posted on June 10, 2014 at 12:00 p.m.

A Shipshewana man is facing drunk driving charges after police say he struck a hay wagon and injured two other people.

According to a news release from the LaGrange County Sheriff’s Department, Stephen Blough, 65, was driving a Ford Taurus eastbound on C.R. 250 N. between Shipshewana and Middlebury just after 10 p.m. Monday, June 9, when he rear-ended a horse-drawn hay wagon.

The wagon, driven by 22-year-old Dennis Yoder of Shipshewana, was also headed eastbound on C.R. 250 N. and had a small white rear light which Blough did not see.

Yoder and 20-year-old Mariann Yoder of Shipshewana were both taken to Elkhart General Hospital for treatment of neck and back pain.

Blough was taken to Parkview LaGrange Hospital for treatment of head and neck pain. He has been charged with operating while intoxicated and driving too fast to avoid a collision, according to police.

Dennis Yoder was cited for operating a vehicle without taillights.

The LaGrange County Sheriff’s Department was assisted at the scene by the Shipshewana Police Department and the Shipshewana and Middlebury Fire Department.


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