Off-duty state police sergeant stops impaired driver

Yvonne Clark, (Vigo Co. Jail Photo)

VIGO COUNTY, Ind. (WTHI) – Police are reminding others to report dangerous and impaired driving following an incident Sunday afternoon.

At 2:00, officials say Indiana State Police Sergeant Kris Fitzgerald was off-duty and travelling with his two sons. Fitzgerald was heading toward the North Terre Haute area, and going west on old Fort Harrison Road.

That’s when Fitzgerald noticed a blue 2000 Jeep Cherokee was travelling at a high rate of speed, then disregarded a stop sign, and continued left of center on Smith Street in the Shrine Hill area.

Fitzgerald stopped the vehicle and approached the driver. During the conversation, officials say Fitzgerald noticed what appeared to be signs consistent with alcohol impairment. Fitzgerald radioed for an on-duty trooper to assist with the situation.

Officials identified the driver as Yvonne Clark, 40, of Terre Haute.

Clark was taken to the Vigo County Jail. While there, officials say she failed a breath test with a BAC of .208%.

Officials charged Clark with Operating a Vehicle while Intoxicated.

Officials say this is one of many examples around the state where off-duty troopers have responded to urgent police matters while utilizing off-duty privileges of the issued police vehicle. Officials say this example may have prevented serious injury or death from a crash.

You can report suspected dangerous and impaired driving by dialing 911.