Teen airlifted, area man arrested after 1-car crash

A 16-year-old Columbus boy was transported by helicopter to Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis after a one-vehicle accident in the 11000 block of West Georgetown Road.

Sheriff’s deputies Nate Nichols and Teancum Clark and Sgt. Kris Weisner were sent to the accident in western Bartholomew County about 2:30 a.m. Sunday where they found a vehicle on its top and the 16-year-old on the ground nearby.

The driver, identified as Brandon Dunbar, 19, 8750 Georgetown Road, Columbus, said his vehicle went off the roadway and rolled down a hill, deputies said.

Dunbar told deputies that he had a couple of drinks and smoked marijuana earlier in the night, deputies said.

Vehicle speed is considered a factor, deputies said.

Dunbar was arrested on charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated, causing serious bodily injury, deputies said.

The 16-year-old was treated at the scene and then transported by helicopter to Methodist, where his condition was not available, deputies said. A 14-year-old girl, also from Columbus, who also was in the vehicle was uninjured.

Dunbar was released from the jail after posting $7,500 bond, jail officials said.

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Julie McClure is assistant managing editor of The Republic. She can be reached at jmcclure@therepublic.com or (812) 379-5631.