ISP: Driver Arrested after Head on Collision near WITZ Bottoms

Jasper- In an update given to us today, an arrest was made after a head on crash near the WITZ studios.

Indiana State Police told WITZ 31 year old Matthew Espino was arrested after colliding head on with 19 year old Avery Brucken. Troopers say Espino fled from the scene on foot, but was found shortly after by officers and was arrested. A blood draw was done at the hospital and showed he was intoxicated.

After being medically released, Espino was taken to the Dubois County Security Center where he is facing charges of Operating while Intoxicated, Operating while Intoxicated Endangerment, Operating while Intoxicated causing Bodily Injury, and Leaving the scene of an injury accident. Police ruled Espino as the cause of the accident, believing he was attempting a pass when the head-on collision occurred.

Brucken was transported to Memorial Hospital in Jasper before being flown to Louisville for care. She was listed in critical condition at last report. 

The incident happened on January 21st just after 3:00 am. Crews and law enforcement were on scene for nearly three hours working the scene.