Alleged drunk driver charged with hitting two bicyclists
An intoxicated driver arrested early Sunday morning in Greenwood has been charged for his suspected involvement in a hit-and-run accident that injured two bicyclists on STH 29.
At 12:57 a.m., deputies from the Clark County Sheriff’s Office responded to a hit and run crash involving two bicyclists struck by a motor vehicle on STH 29 near Gorman Avenue in the town of Withee.
Upon arrival, deputies discovered two 19 year old males, Philip Shirk and Kevin Martin, lying in the ditch. Both of them had suffered injuries after being struck by a vehicle. Injuries to one of the victims were considered life-threatening, but the sheriff’s department’s press release did not specify who.
Both Shirk and Martin are from the Owen-Withee area.
At about 1:07 a.m. a Greenwood police officer stopped a truck driven by Scott Horn, 26, of rural Thorp, for a defective headlight. The vehicle also had front end damage from a recent accident. Horn’s speech was slurred and there was an odor of an intoxicant coming from his breath, according to the press release.
Horn failed field sobriety exercises but and submitted a sample for preliminary breath test, which indicated a .10 blood-alcohol content. He was arrested for first offense operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated and later charged with two counts of causing injury by intoxicated use for striking the bicycles and leaving the scene.
At this time the Clark County Sheriff’s Office is continuing its investigation and awaiting Horn’s blood results.
One of the bicyclists was treated and released; the other’s condition is unknown at this time.