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Fiery Crash Linked to Alcohol Consumption

(La Porte County, IN) - A man injured in a fiery motor vehicle accident in La Porte County over the weekend was intoxicated, according to La Porte County Police, who arrested Richard Jones, 61, of Westville.


Police said a pick-up truck Jones was operating wound up in a ditch Sunday evening in the area of U.S. 6 and 800 East.


His 2000 Ford F-150 rolled on its side and caught fire. Jones suffered burns to his legs in his unsuccessful attempt to put out the flames.


After being treated at the hospital for his burns, Jones was transported to the La Porte County Jail with a blood alcohol level four times the .08 percent legal limit. Police found one cold beer left in a cooler recovered from the truck.


Jones told investigators he failed to negotiate a sharp curve in the road because he was blinded by the sun.

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