Former Indiana sheriff killed in crash, other driver charged with OWI

Posted at 9:27 AM, Dec 22, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-22 13:04:20-05

PARKE COUNTY, Ind. -- Two people, including a former Indiana sheriff, were killed in a crash Thursday evening involving an intoxicated driver, police say.

The crash happened at around 11:30 p.m., on U.S. 41 about two miles south of Rockville, Indiana.

When the Parke County Sheriff's Office responded to the crash, they found a silver Dodge truck and a white Nissan SUV had collided head-on. 

Two of the occupants of the SUV were pronounced dead at the scene. The SUV driver, a 17-year-old girl, was taken to a hospital for fractures and cuts. The two deceased passengers have been identified as D. Michael Eslinger, 74, and his wife Darla Eslinger, 73. Michael was a four-term Parke County sheriff and was previously the executive director of the Indiana Sheriff's Association.

The driver of the Dodge truck, Bryan Robertson, was found to be intoxicated, the Parke County Sheriff's Department said. Robertson was taken to an Indianapolis hospital for internal injuries. He has been charged with two counts of operating a vehicle while intoxicated causing death, and two counts of operating a vehicle while intoxicated causing serious bodily injury.

The passenger of the Dodge truck, a 28-year-old woman, was hospitalized for serious injuries.

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