LEESBURG – A Warsaw man was airlifted Friday night to Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne after wrecking his mo-ped.
Officers were dispatched at 11:54 p.m. Friday to Armstrong Road, just west of CR 300W, to a single mo-ped accident and were told the subject was lying in the roadway, according to a Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department crash report.
When officers arrived, emergency personnel were treating James S. Wharton, 44, Warsaw, in the roadway. Wharton’s mo-ped was lying in a ditch a short distance away from him. The report stated Wharton was unable to speak and was not responding to questions asked by the medics, and EMS personnel were unable to give any consistent reponses when asked how bad Wharton’s injuries were.
One officer stated that during the time he was close to Wharton as he was being treated, he observed an odor of alcoholic beverage coming from his person. Another officer stated he had seen Wharton earlier riding the mo-ped as he pulled into a parking spot at The Keg in Leesburg.
Wharton was flown to Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne where an officer retrieved a blood sample.
According to the report, it appeared Wharton had been traveling eastbound and left the south edge of the roadway, overturning his mo-ped.
Officers were unable to obtain a complete list of Wharton’s injuries, though road rash on his arms and head was evident and it appeared Wharton’s right arm may have sustained internal damage.
Blood results are still pending.