08-11-03: Amish man accused of trying
to start car
|By MARGIE WUEBKER
An Amish man, apparently searching for a different kind of horsepower,
was charged with criminal mischief after he climbed into an area woman's car and began
revving the motor.
David A. Graber, 23, 7710 S. 600 E., Berne, Ind., was arrested
following the incident which occurred between 1:55 and 2:12 a.m. Friday, according to
Mercer County Sheriff's Office reports.
Lea A. Kable, 9842 Indiana-Ohio Line Road, Rockford, told deputies a
bearded man got into her 1998 Dodge Neon and locked the doors. He then started the vehicle
and appeared ready to leave the premises. However, he apparently experienced some problems
getting the vehicle into the proper gear.
She described the culprit as wearing a brown shirt, black pants and a
Deputies responded to the scene with one nearly careening into a horse
plodding southbound on Indiana-Ohio State Line Road at Ohio 29. The horse, believed to be
heading toward home and a feed bag, was towing an un occupied Amish buggy.
Graber abandoned the car once deputies arrived on the scene and was
taken to the Mercer County Jail. His brother later identified the horse and buggy as
belonging to Graber.
Alcohol apparently played a role in the event, according to sheriff's
Graber pleaded guilty as charged during a Friday afternoon appearance
in Celina Municipal Court. He was sentenced to 10 days in jail with the balance suspended
on the condition he commit no like offenses. Judge James Scheer also imposed a $125 fine
plus court costs, ordered restitution for any damage done to the car and released the
young man to his parents.
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