By Sabrina Westfall
An Evansville woman was jailed Tuesday evening after a concerned citizen reported an impaired driver.
A tip was received by the Knox County Sheriff’s Department at 8:40 p.m. Tuesday of a possibly severely impaired driver that was driving and switching lanes erratically in the northbound lane of US 41.
Sheriff Michael Morris was near US 41 at the time of the call, according to a press release issued by the KCSD, and attempted to locate the vehicle.
Morris located a vehicle matching the description near the roadway on the northbound lane of US 41 near Decker. The driver, Angela Dawn Willis, 45, of Evansville, was located unconscious in the driver’s side seat of the vehicle. Morris noticed the vehicle was resting on the rim without a tire.
Johnson Township Fire Department and Knox County EMS were called to the scene and Deputy Kevin Minderman was called to investigate.
Willis was transported to Good Samaritan hospital where she allegedly became violent with two hospital staff members causing bodily injury.
It was determined her BAC was .419.
After she was released from the hospital, Willis was transported to the Knox County Jail, and booked on preliminary charges of felony battery and driving while intoxicated. Bond is set at $6,500.
Morris stressed the appreciation of the concerned citizen calling in the impaired driver because the situation could have ended much worse.
“Sheriff Morris would like to thank all of the public for continuing their diligent efforts in reporting possible impaired motorists to law enforcement in order to help keep safe the roadways in Knox County,” the press release states.