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January 20, 2014

Father accused of driving drunk, crashing car with daughter inside

An Indianapolis man was arrested for drunk driving after he crashed a vehicle in which his autistic daughter was a passenger.

Richard E. Loschen, 52, was arrested Sunday evening on Interstate 70 near the 18-mile marker, following a two-vehicle crash in the eastbound lanes.

Master Trooper Todd Brown investigated the crash, and determined that an eastbound 2008 Dodge Caliber driven by Loschen veered right from the passing lane into the rear of a 2009 Chevrolet Colorado pickup truck driven by Kenneth D. Wilzoch, 23, of Canton, Ohio.

Brown stated that Loschen smelled strongly of alcohol and showed signs of intoxication. A full case of beer was found hidden under the Loschen vehicle, where it appeared to have been placed after the crash. Inside the vehicle was the man’s 27-year-old autistic daughter.

Loschen tested .16 percent blood-alcohol content. In Indiana, the intoxication threshold is .08 percent BAC. He and was booked into the Clay County Jail for driving while intoxicated endangering a person, with bond set at $7,000 cash only.

No one was injured in the crash.


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