“Man Arrested for Hit-and-Run Crash Involving Deer in Vanderburgh County”

By | July 9, 2023



A man has been arrested in Vanderburgh County, Indiana, following a hit-and-run crash. The incident occurred on Boonville-New Harmony Road and Oldbury Way at around 1:00 a.m. on Saturday. Deputies were investigating a vehicle versus deer crash when they noticed a vehicle pass by them.

The driver of the vehicle was identified as James Conkright. Deputies observed significant damage to the passenger side of the vehicle, a fluid trail down the driveway, and a puddle forming underneath the car. Further investigation revealed a damaged mailbox and tree on East Boonville-New Harmony Road, with several tree limbs stuck to the front bumper of Conkright’s vehicle.

Suspecting that Conkright may be under the influence, deputies conducted field sobriety tests. The results indicated that Conkright had a breath alcohol content of 0.096, exceeding the legal limit. As a result, he was arrested and taken to the Vanderburgh County Jail.

Conkright now faces several charges, including two counts of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, leaving the scene of an accident, and driving without insurance. These charges reflect the seriousness of his actions and the potential danger he posed to himself and others on the road.

Hit-and-run accidents are not only illegal but also demonstrate a lack of responsibility and concern for the well-being of others. It is crucial for drivers to remain at the scene of an accident, report it to the authorities, and provide any necessary assistance to individuals involved. Leaving the scene not only compounds the potential harm caused but also leads to severe legal consequences.

Law enforcement agencies across the country are committed to holding individuals accountable for their actions on the road. This case serves as a reminder of the importance of responsible and safe driving practices, as well as the consequences that can result from reckless behavior..