(Berne, IN) (5-10-21) –  At approximately 7:40pm last evening, Sergeant Shaun Armes from the Indiana State Police Fort Wayne Post came upon a personal injury vehicle crash at the intersection of US27 and CR200S, just north of Berne.  Sgt. Armes reported two vehicles being involved, both having sustained substantial damage, and several passengers requiring medical attention.

Sgt. Armes preliminary investigation found that a 2012 Ford Econoline passenger van, driven by James Hamner (48) of Portland, IN, was traveling eastbound on CR200S.  Hamner is alleged to have failed to yield the right of way at the US27 intersection- entering into the path of a northbound 2010 Chevrolet Traverse, operated by Tadie Ramirez (41) of Fort Wayne, IN.  As Hamner’s van entered the intersection, Ramirez’s vehicle collided into the passenger side of the van. 

Ramirez and her adult passenger were both transported by Adams County EMS to a Fort Wayne area hospital with what was described as non-life threatening injuries. Both were wearing seatbelts.

There were eight passengers in Hamner’s van, none of which were wearing seatbelts. Two of those adult passengers had to be transported by Adams County EMS to a Fort Wayne area hospital with non- life threatening injuries. 

Hamner was not injured, however the investigation did find him to be showing signs of alcohol impairment.  A certified chemical breath test revealed a breath alcohol concentration of (.204), well over twice Indiana’s legal limit of (.08). Hamner was transported from the scene to the Adams County jail, where he was booked into custody and incarcerated on related OWI charges.

Arrested:  James C. Hamner, 48, Portland, IN

Charges:   Operating While Intoxicated, Endangering, Class A Misd

                  Operating While Intoxicated, BrAC (.15) or More, Class A Misd

                  Failure to Yield Right of Way, Infraction 

 Sgt. Armes was assisted at the scene by the Adams County Sheriff’s Department, Adams County EMS, Monroe Fire Department, and Lehman’s Auto (wrecker service).