Elementary school principal arrested after passenger injured in crash

(Provided Photo/Johnson County Sheriff's Department)
(Provided Photo/Johnson County Sheriff's Department)

MORGANTOWN, Ind. (WISH) – A Morgantown man was arrested for drinking and driving after he crashed an ATV, injuring his passenger.

According to the DNR, Peter Jochim, 35, was driving near 4700 West Division Road in Morgantown when he made a sharp left turn, causing his passenger, Kristina Koons, 32, of Martinsville, to be thrown from the vehicle.

Jochim was arrested for operating an ATV under the influence of alcohol. He was taken to the Johnson County Jail on Friday.

Koons was taken to Community Hospital South for a head injury. Monday morning, a spokesperson with the hospital said Koons had been treated and released. DNR officials said Koons was not wearing a seatbelt or protective gear at the time of the crash.

Dr. Michele Moore, Superintendent of MSD of Martinsville, confirmed to 24-Hour News 8 on Monday that Jochim is principal of Central Elementary School. Below is a statement from the school:

Central Elementary School Principal Peter Jochim has been arrested for an accident early Friday evening, May 30, in Morgantown.  A passenger, Central Elementary School Aide Kristina Koons, was injured and hospitalized.  Indiana Conservation officers arrested Jochim for operating an ATV under the influence of alcohol.

MSD of Martinsville is cooperating fully with authorities.  The District is also investigating this incident and will take appropriate action, based upon the investigations by both the District and authorities.  Because this case is under investigation and involves a personnel matter, there will be no further statements until all information is gathered.

An inquiry into whether or not Jochim would be placed on any kind of leave was not immediately answered.

DNR officers want to remind people that it’s against the law to drive an ATV under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

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