One arrested on DUI charge in Heritage Lake collision

Friday, January 7, 2022
Two trucks show extensive damage after a head-on collision near Heritage Lake Thursday afternoon. One of the drivers was charged with felony operating while intoxicated.
Courtesy Putnam County Sheriff’s Office

HERITAGE LAKE — A Coatesville man has been arrested on a felony charge of driving while intoxicated following a collision in Floyd Township Thursday afternoon.

First responders were dispatched at about 1:20 p.m. for a two-vehicle motor vehicle incident with injuries at Exit 37 in the Victory Hill area near Heritage Lake. Agencies which responded to the crash included the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office, Putnam County EMS and the Floyd Township Volunteer Fire Department.

Bradley Dawson

An investigation by Cpl. Brian Helmer determined that Bradley Dawson, 30, Coatesville, was traveling northbound at a high rate of speed according to witnesses. He then smashed head-on into another truck driven by William Bowman, 31, Ladoga, after he lost control of his Chevrolet Colorado and crossed the centerline.

Bowman was unhurt in the incident, while Dawson incurred a bleeding injury and was transported to Putnam County Hospital. Meanwhile, Adams Towing picked up the wrecked vehicles.

Dawson showed signs of alcohol impairment at the scene and failed field sobriety tests. A certified chemical test showed he had an ACE of .26, three times the legal limit.

Once medically cleared, Dawson was preliminarily charged with operating while intoxicated with a prior conviction, a Level 6 felony. He is being held at the Putnam County Jail without bond.

Helmer told the Banner Graphic Friday morning that the actual speed of Dawson’s vehicle at the time of the crash is being further investigated.

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  • Stupid drunk drivers. He should never be allowed to have a driver's license again.

    -- Posted by Queen53 on Fri, Jan 7, 2022, at 11:48 AM
  • Glad the other driver was ok, Mr. Bookwalter... I doubt you read these comments, but please don't let him out of jail to do this again. This could have been so much worse!

    -- Posted by H_lake34 on Fri, Jan 7, 2022, at 12:44 PM
  • Queen53 , that won't stop him from driving nor will it stop him from drunk driving . you would be amazed at the number or unlicensed and uninsured drunk drivers are out there.

    -- Posted by sierrasusanne on Fri, Jan 7, 2022, at 2:33 PM
  • Mr Bookwalter can only go after what the law allows. A life sentence isn't probably one of the options.

    -- Posted by beg on Fri, Jan 7, 2022, at 2:40 PM
  • I believe alot of people driving without license or insurance because they don't have the money and have no other options, not just drunk drivers

    -- Posted by Raker on Fri, Jan 7, 2022, at 4:45 PM
  • An assistant football coach at the Cascade high school and his passenger were killed in a crash involving a drunk driver today.

    -- Posted by Prince of Stardust Hills on Fri, Jan 7, 2022, at 10:18 PM
  • Prince, that happened December 6. The impaired driver was finally arrested yesterday.

    -- Posted by Koios on Sat, Jan 8, 2022, at 9:07 AM
  • Thanks, KOIOS. That wasn't clear from WTHR. Appreciate the clarification.

    -- Posted by Prince of Stardust Hills on Sat, Jan 8, 2022, at 9:15 AM
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