Remains of Koehlingerâ€™s Mercedes (State police photo)
A rural Markle teen was arrested Saturday morning on preliminary charges of operating while intoxicated (endangerment) and minor consuming after walking away from a fiery one-car crash in rural Adams County.
Indiana State Police Trooper Kris Coffey said Ashley Nicole Koehlinger, 18, of rural Markle was traveling westbound on County Road 1100 N, east of C.R. 100E, at approximately 6:35 a.m. when her 1999 Mercedes Benz started to leave the north side of the road. Koehlinger reportedly over-corrected, causing the vehicle to travel back across the center line and into a ditch on the south side of the road, colliding with a tree.
The vehicle was sheared in half and engulfed in flames.
“If she would have had any passengers in the back seat at the time of the crash, there would have been a high probability that they would not have survived,” Coffey said in a news release.
Koehlinger was taken to Adams Memorial Hospital with minor injuries and then to the Adams County Jail where she was incarcerated on preliminary charges of operating while intoxicated (endangerment) and minor consuming under a $2,500 surety bond.
Her blood alcohol level was between two and three times the legal limit of .08%, and coupled with her speed, are listed as contributing factors in the crash, the news release said.
Assisting at the scene were the Adams County Sheriff's Department, Adams County EMS, and the Decatur Fire Department.