Police: Man who crashed into river had BAC of .29

Seth Gehring mug shot provided by the Wells County Sheriff's Department

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – A man who crashed into the Wabash River on Thursday afternoon was arrested on several charges, including operating while intoxicated and battery with bodily waste. Police said Seth Gehring, 28, had a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .29 when he was recused from the river.

According to Wells County Prosecutor Michael Lautzenheiser, Gehring threatened to kill a clerk after he stole a bottle of alcohol from a store in Bluffton. After fleeing from the store, he crashed into the Wabash River near the White Bridge.

Officials said when police arrived, Gehring was belligerent. He apparently spit on police and EMTs.

Seth Gehring
Seth Gehring (Phot0 provided by Bluffton News Banner)

As seen in this photo, provided by the Bluffton News Banner, police had to put a bag over Gehring’s head to keep him from spitting on people.

Police said Gehring threatened to kill three officers, the wife of one officer and the daughter of another.

Gehring was taken to the hospital for treatment and then transported to the Wells County Sheriff’s Department.

Prosecutor Lautzenheiser said Gehring is facing at least two OWI charges, several battery with bodily waste charges, several intimidation charges, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, theft, and public intoxication.

Gehring will be in court on Monday.

At last check, police said his truck had not been recovered from the river.

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