Suicide attempt injures pregnant woman

Mug shot of Thomas A. Shambaugh provided by the Allen County Sheriff's Dept.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) A heavily intoxicated man injured a pregnant woman when he drove against the flow of traffic and crashed into her vehicle in a failed suicide attempt.

According to the affidavit for probable cause, on October 25 around noon, Thomas A. Stambaugh, 55, of Huntertown was driving his 2005 Chevy truck westbound on Shoaff Road. He then intentionally turned right and drove north in traffic headed south on State Road 3. He collided into a vehicle with a passenger who was 38 weeks pregnant. As a result of the collision, the woman told police she had pain in her abdomen.

Stambaugh then drove off the road, into a corn field and then into a creek.

He admitted to hitting the oncoming vehicle head on to try and kill himself. He also admitted to leaving the scene and driving his vehicle into the creek hoping the vehicle would roll and he would drown.

He failed a breathalyzer which registered a BAC of 0.162 percent, which is twice the legal limit.

The following are the list of charges Stambaugh faces:

  • Battery by means of a deadly weapon
  • Operating a vehicle while intoxicated; Endangering a person
  • Operating a vehicle w/ alcohol concentration equivalent to at least .08 but less than .15
  • Failure to stop after accident resulting in injury
  • Failure to stop after accident resulting in non-vehicle damage
  • Criminal mischief damage is b/t $750 & $50k.
  • Criminal mischief
  • Driving left of center
  • Two counts of criminal recklessness committed with a deadly weapon

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