Driver Hits Pole, Ditch Then Resists Arrest

A drunk driver is facing charges after allegedly crashing his Dodge Dakota pickup into a pole and ditch.

The one-vehicle crash happened at Highway 50 and the Manley Spur about 10:50 p.m. Tuesday. According to Cass County Sheriff Wm. C. Brueggemann, deputies determined that 29-year-old Jeffrey Oreskovich, of South Bend, had been driving a 2000 Dodge Dakota pickup registered to another South Bend resident.

Brueggemann said the investigation revealed that Oreskovich had been traveling at a high rate of speed, failed to stop at the stop sign and entered the west ditch. The vehicle had glanced off a utility pole, knocked down two state highway signs and also damaged lawn ornaments, causing major damage to the vehicle before going into the ditch.

Officials said Oreskovich had been involved a fight at the bar in Manley minutes before the accident.

Oreskovich was treated and released for minor injuries. He was cited for suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol, careless driving, third degree assault, resisting arrest and unauthorized use of a propelled vehicle, said the report.

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