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Drunk Driver Arrested After Injuring Five in Crash


The driver of this truck is in critical condition with a fractured pelvis, leg and nose.  (photo courtesy Indiana State Police)

A Washington, Indiana man is behind bars after a crash which left five people injured Friday morning in Daviess County.

Indiana State Police say 32-year-old Hsa Moo Thaw was traveling eastbound on U-S 50 near County Road 1200 East around 8:30 a.m. when he decided to pass a tractor-trailer in his lane.  Due to slick road conditions and, according to investigators, an unsafe speed, Thaw lost control and slid head-on into a pickup truck driven by 44-year-old John McPherson of Shoals, Indiana.

After being extricated from his truck, McPherson was airlifted to Deaconess Hospital in Evansville in critical condition.  He suffered a fractured pelvis, leg and nose.  Four passengers in Thaw's car suffered injuries ranging from a broken back to abdominal abrasions.

Investigators found Thaw, who was not injured, had a blood alcohol content of point-two-one percent.  He was taken to the Daviess County Security Center.

Thaw faces numerous felony charges including Operating White Intoxicated Causing Serious Injury, Operating While Intoxicated with Minor Passengers in the Vehicle, Neglect of a Dependant and Driving While Suspended Causing Serious Injury.  He also faces a misdemeanor charge of Reckless Driving.


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