Deputies: Man driving farm tractor drunk, caused crash

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Daniel Pearson

Daniel Pearson (Photo: Photo provided)

HARTFORD CITY, Ind. — Authorities said a rural Hartford City man was intoxicated when he was operating a farm tractor involved in a crash on Ind. 18.

Daniel G. Pearson, 48, is charged in Blackford Circuit Court with two counts of driving while intoxicated causing serious bodily injury.

He was arrested Jan. 12 after his westbound John Deere tractor crossed the center line on Ind. 18, near Blackford County Road 350-W, and collided with an eastbound Ram pickup truck.

Hartford City firefighters had to extract the driver from the truck, which came to rest in a ditch. He was taken by ambulance to IU Health Blackford Hospital, and later transferred to IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital in Muncie.   

The driver told deputies he had lost consciousness after his vehicle was struck by the tractor.

The crash was reported about 6:20 p.m. Witnesses told investigators the tractor was traveling without its headlights on. Authorities said the tractor also had no flashing amber or red lights, and also lacked a slow-moving vehicle emblem required by law.

Witnesses also said they saw Pearson remove cans of beer from the tractor and place them in a nearby field.

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