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Squad car damaged in hit and run

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

This Brazil Police Department squad car was damaged in a hit and run incident Tuesday evening involving an allegedly intoxicated driver. Ivy Jacobs Photo. [Order this photo]
A Brazil Police Department squad car was damaged when struck by an alleged drunk driver Tuesday evening.

Police Chief Dave Archer told The Brazil Times witnesses reported a red truck turned north off of Jackson Street onto Washington Street and hit a marked squad car while parked on the department's parking lot at Brazil City Hall around 7 p.m., Tuesday,.

"It was a reserve squad car intended to be used for new hires," Archer said about the vehicle that sustained extensive damage. "The insurance company has been notified and we expect a (claim adjuster) to be at the department within a few days."

Witnesses said the truck immediately fled the scene north on Washington, crossing National Avenue.

Officials confirmed the BPD and the Clay County Sheriff's Department were able to locate the red truck within a few minutes due to the help of several citizens, which was found at 609 N. Walnut St.

Douglas Froderman
Witness statements helped identify the driver of the vehicle as Douglas Froderman, 41. During the course of the investigation, Froderman was taken into custody and transported to the Clay County Justice Center. He was preliminarily booked on charges of leaving the scene of a hit-and-run accident, operating a vehicle while intoxicated and operating with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .15 percent or higher.

Jail officials confirmed Froderman has bonded out ($7,000 with 10 percent allowed) to await formal court proceedings.

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He should join BLaMO and stick to riding a lawn machine around town, much safer.

-- Posted by coltsbeer on Wed, Sep 23, 2009, at 11:51 PM

my girlfriend had to pay 300.00 bond for public intox in front yard of our house and he only gets out on 700.00wow and that was the only time she has ever been in trouble im prettysure he is an old drunk from way back.

-- Posted by old dude 63 on Thu, Sep 24, 2009, at 3:02 AM

O.K. Doug may have pulled a stupid stunt and I hope he realizes how lucky he was somebody did not get hurt! But, Doug is a very Hard Worker and are very productive citizen and tax payer. I have know doug and his family all my life and doug is a better person then this... He has had a rough past few years mainly after his father passed away and diabeties. I'm not saying he is an angel, but he sure is NOT an old drunk like Old Dude 63 said.

-- Posted by computerdx on Thu, Sep 24, 2009, at 8:26 AM

Like I have said before, U can almost commit murder in this town and not sit a day in jail.but if u get caught commiting a crime under the influence of drugs or alcohol u will rot in jail! And be constant front page news for weeks! Child molesters and murderers don't get that much attention.

-- Posted by westsidemom on Thu, Sep 24, 2009, at 1:09 PM

Once again I agree with westsidemom. Paul Harvey had said the same thing on the air once about murder and dui's in Clay County. Even though he was absolutly right, he got into trouble over it. Do not commit a major crime in Clay County if you have been drinking and you happen to be driving the get-away vehicle, otherwise it will remain unsolved and free of the press.

-- Posted by rooster1 on Thu, Sep 24, 2009, at 1:31 PM

So Paul Harvey got into trouble for making a comment about Clay County? Yea, right rooster. I'm sure you wouldn't mind telling us your source for that comment.

-- Posted by I. M. Lee Thall, Esq. on Thu, Sep 24, 2009, at 9:13 PM

I have known Doug for a longtime. He is a selfcentered person who thinks because his name is Froderman he should be able to get away with alot. He is a drunk. I dont think 10 percent should have been allowed for bond. People like him are responsible for deaths everyday because they think they can drink and drive. Everyone loses family members everyday.I dont think that should be an excuse for anyone. The fact is he is a drunk and what if he had hit someone?? It could have been your loved one, then what? should we still feel sorry for him? Dont think so.. I hope they are making him pay for the squad car and not the insurance company. Doug may be??? a hard worker but, it sounds to me like he works so he can go drink and drive..They should lock the pervert up and throw away the key.

-- Posted by whatthe? on Thu, Sep 24, 2009, at 10:02 PM

I agree with (whatthe?) and vanzant hes a freakin morron and I am glad he didnt hurt his better half....(physically)...but i also agree that the sober doug is a good guy and I hope this is a wake up call to his dumb ass...

-- Posted by c.c.rider on Thu, Sep 24, 2009, at 10:14 PM

I believe that if you do something wrong in this town it is always easy to get out of trouble. The name and friends of who you are is a big help to all people in this town it really makes me sick that you can get away with so much if you have a flippin name in this town. You all know who you are don't you...........Drugs, drinking and child molesters all go hand in hand in this town first offense or second who cares you committed a crime you should pay for it.........that 10 percent is crap he should have to set like all others.

-- Posted by narrowmind on Thu, Sep 24, 2009, at 10:50 PM

I don't care who you are, what status you have in a community, or if you are a hard-working tax paying citizen. You DO NOT have the right to put other peoples lives in danger because you want to drink and drive. He was very lucky he did not kill someone. I have witnessed an accident where a mans life was taken by a drunk driver. I have seen his mangled body while he tried to hold on to his life that was taken from him. He left behind a family... young children. Loved ones that have to live without him because someone chose to drink and drive. Please think people...... would you want your children to grow up without you because someone you know made a poor choice?

-- Posted by pacergirl32@hotmail.com on Fri, Sep 25, 2009, at 6:56 AM


bet you wouldn't be saying that if he hit your child. there is No excuse for driving impaired. maybe he made a stupid move, but if he had to leave , BE A MAN , call someone to pick you up or I know WALK! More accidents happen when impaired 1 mile from home. DRIVING By A POLICE STATION while impaired WOW is all I can say about that. Bet his family is proud of him.

-- Posted by Sand mann on Fri, Sep 25, 2009, at 8:17 AM

Give me a break because his name is FRODERMAN ? (WHATTHE?) He made a mistake he is human. That town you live in is filled with Drunks,Drugies,theft,abuse,Doug does come from a very good family and is a very hard working person, he is paying for the choice he made to drink and drive that night and will for a long time I;m sure. What he did was wrong and he will pay for the choice he made, but that does not make him a animal. WHATTHE? I can just guess what your last name is!!!! The big picture is DONT DRINK AND DRIVE!!!!!!

-- Posted by indyade on Fri, Sep 25, 2009, at 8:30 AM

This town is sooo judgemental and over the top...Drinking and driving is not smart, and people should be held accountable. Just because someone does something wrong, you dont have to judge them or disparage their family. I think being on the front page is humiliation enough. Noone knows peoples situations, people in glass houses throws stones. There was a man who has five felonies and is on probation, has only spent a total of one year in jail in the past and recently got arrested for dui, resisting law enforcement and got or'd the next day thats right no bond...and no violation of probation charges filed. Thats is why there is so much crap in this town, the felonies werent even for dui they were for theft and drug possesion...just public facts...Also, how many of us has went to the goose or the alabama or sally's and drank even a little bit and drove? Take a look at the parking lots on a friday, do you think everyone there walks home. We all are guilty of something...I know I was guilty of driving after drinking...its wrong

-- Posted by bellababy on Fri, Sep 25, 2009, at 8:34 AM


you are right everyone has is quilty of something by someone's eyes. He didn't just drink and drive, he crashed into a car, sould of been yours, or mine, it could of been our children if you have any( your choice)

I believe you believe drinking and driving is wrong but yet you did or do it. We all think it won't happen to us but in time if you do it long enough it will bite you in your ***

You said" Noone knows peoples situations", Who cares. That didn't give him the right to be on the street impaired with a piece of steel that can travel over 100mph.

his name is FRODERMAN . is that mean something?

-- Posted by Sand mann on Fri, Sep 25, 2009, at 10:21 AM

There are more Froderman's then him so why don't you quite trashing the name. Yea FRODERMAN means something to me!!!!!!!!!! I never said what he did was right, Yes I do drink now and then, But NO I don't drink and drive. Doug is a good man who did a really dumb thing give it a rest!!!!! I know what you are saying but enough is enough. He will get his punishment. Your kind town you think so highly of let people get away with things all the time.

-- Posted by indyade on Fri, Sep 25, 2009, at 11:30 AM

the name froderman , is there more to the name. I have lived in this town several years. I know Doug, never heard anything special . just like everyone else's name. isn't this town filled wuth thugletts and is the drug capital of Indiana.

"Your kind town you think so highly of let people get away with things all the time." but yet you say he will get punished. so which is it, get off or get punished. I believe the only difference drugs, drunk is , drugs don't pay taxes. sorry if I got into anyone's feelings

-- Posted by Sand mann on Fri, Sep 25, 2009, at 11:50 AM

He will stand in court and will be punished for what he did as he should. I guess you haven't lived there long enough.

-- Posted by indyade on Fri, Sep 25, 2009, at 12:42 PM

Yes always depending on who you are whether or not you get punished, look at the former chief, fired for theft, still waiting for charges to be filed, so far NOTHING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

-- Posted by Ombudsman on Fri, Sep 25, 2009, at 2:10 PM

this is nt the first "STUPID STUNT" he has pulled, so dont act like it is...maybe that is why he keeps acting the way he does

-- Posted by c.c.rider on Fri, Sep 25, 2009, at 4:28 PM

OK Whatever You say c.c.Rider

-- Posted by indyade on Fri, Sep 25, 2009, at 5:08 PM

I am a former resident of Brazil, Indiana and had known the Froderman family for many years. I agree with what most people who posted a comment here had said about Doug. He is self-centered, arrogant, mouthy and very foolish. However, I believe that Doug is not beyond redemption. If he takes the time to search his own soul and repent of all of the evil he had done in life he can become a better and more successful person. Yes, he may have kicked a lot of people around in Brazil, and I for one considered him once to be my biggest enemy, but to kick him while he is down would make me no better than he is. I pray that he finds God before he does something even more dangerous that would end his life or others. If you are reading this Doug, heed my advise, repent of your evil ways or you will surely perish. No sin is too great for God to forgive ... and he will help you find peace and happiness.

-- Posted by Klingon on Fri, Sep 25, 2009, at 5:10 PM

Evil? ok

-- Posted by indyade on Fri, Sep 25, 2009, at 5:25 PM

I have known Doug and his family for along time and he is a great guy. While I dont agree with drinking and driving, I believe that he didnt mean to do any harm and thankfully no one was hurt. Hopefully Doug will learn from this and never drive under the influence again. Dont judge him too harshly, it doesnt help. I pray his friends and family help him through this difficult time.

-- Posted by rhoop58 on Fri, Sep 25, 2009, at 11:39 PM

By no means did I condone drinking and driving, but I have drank something and drove most of have. It is wrong and we need friends out with us to remind us and give us a ride home or take the keys. No, we shouldnt need supervision as we are adults, and Thank God noone got hurt. This is a wake up call for all, not just Doug who even casually drink at dinner and drive. Pick someone to drive it sucks, but do the right thing. Maybe we can get a city transit, like Terre Haute where we can all utilize it situations like this or if we dont have transportation to the store or etc. But come on ya all, lets let these judgemental words go. The only real judge is up above. Everything happens for a reason. Maybe his is, he needs some compassion and some help, with drinking if it is a problem and this is not a one time thing. Be respectful of his family, they dont deserve the humiliation. We cannot live our lives on what if's or could haves it was wrong, we all know that. I know I certainly am cleaning my own doorstep before trying to sweep anothers.

-- Posted by bellababy on Sat, Sep 26, 2009, at 6:15 AM

First of all; I am so sick of hearing how this town is the drunk/drug capital of the world. Give me a break. Wake up, grow up and get out. I dont mean leave Brazil, I mean get out and look around. Drugs and alcohol are in every town. You just see it more in Brazil because that is where you are and because it is a small town with a newspaper of it's own that only has limited resources for news reports. Other small towns have all the same problems, but they don't necessarily have a newspaper and their news is reported in a neighboring town by a larger paper that has more to report than local drunk drivers.

Second; the fact that he got to bond out on 10%, or that his bond was $700.00 for DUI and someone elses was $300.00 for PI has nothing to do with him name. There is a bond scale that is set for arrest charges; not for each person. A judge does have the right to deny the 10%, but that is usually only used for severe cases.

Drinking and driving is wrong. There is no question to that, but crucify him, well I just hope he has learned his lesson. About 20 years ago a family member of mine was arrested for DUI and has never touched another drop since. So some do and can learn their lesson.

Read the papers (not just the Times) and you will see why a lot of plea bargains and bond reductions are made. There is no where to put all of them. Other jails and prisons are setting offenders loose. I for one would like to see some of the money used in the prison system used in the school system to educate the youth about drugs and alcohol. I would also like to see more drug counseling offered that would not cost offenders an arm and a leg. Right now the system we have is a joke. These people are set up for failure. First a huge fine, then huge court fees, then drug and alcohol charges, then probation fees, then fees to Steve Sutherlin for whatever it is he doesn't do. When a person gets in trouble for drugs or alcohol it is a pretty good guess that they are unemployed or are going to now be unemployed. When they can't pay some of these fines, fees and charges they are found to be in violation of their probation. I'm not saying they should get off scott free, but let's get real here. I think the House of Hope is wonderful, but they dont take locals. Not every addict has the means to pack up and move away. I know if it is court ordered then they would rather do that then go to jail, but I think if there was more offered before someone got in trouble then maybe more would be able to get clean before it gets to that.

Just one persons "Opinion"

-- Posted by opininated on Sat, Sep 26, 2009, at 9:27 AM

It was hard to hear the band today in the parade for all the buzzing around about Froderman and the police car, either he's a well liked guy or the police dept. isn't, don't have to be a rocket scientist to come up with that answer.

-- Posted by Ombudsman on Sat, Sep 26, 2009, at 4:34 PM

I guess I have an opinion as well. I have watched this site over the past week, and it appears to me that the good people of Brazil either love Doug, or hate Doug.

I can't help but to believe that the people who hate Doug; doesn't really "know" Doug. And the ones who do "know" Doug, and hate him, are not, and/or were not, his REAL friends at all. You don't deserve him.

REAL friends do not turn their backs on someone just because that someone has pushed some boundaries, or tested some nerves. You don't quit on a friend or family member just because they have stepped on your toes, or out-in-out p***ed you off. I too have wanted to choke the s**t out of Doug several hundred times myself. But I still love him like a brother, and I will stand behind him throughout this mess he's gotten himself into.

I shouldn't have to state the obvious. But I am going to, because there are those, the haters, the disgusted, who must have had Doug on a very high pedestal or thought he was some sort of God. NEWS FLASH: Doug was not, and is not, a God. He is human just like the rest of us and is susceptible to making mistakes. He cannot walk on water, and you know what else,,,,, he can, and will, admit that himself.

There are those who have said Doug is self-centered and arrogant. I have thought that as well, but if you are around Doug long enough, you will find that a lot of that self-centeredness and arrogance is nothing more than self pride and confidence. Doug has worked his butt off for everything he has; he ought to be proud. And in his line of work he has to be confident in himself in order to make the sale. So what if it bleeds over into his free time from time to time and he appears to be arrogant or self-centered; that is just part of Doug being Doug. And whether you like it or not, or it gets on your nerves or not, I can guarantee this,,,,, if you call on Doug in your time of need he will bring a humble and helpful Doug to your aid.

Doug has things that he needs to work on in his life, as do WE ALL, but Doug is a good man. Doug is a friend to all those who accept his friendship. I think everyone should remember that Doug IS NOT a bad person, he simply messed up and did a bad thing..... There is a BIG difference.

By no means am I trying to downplay the potential danger Doug put himself and others in, but I am saying "WE ARE ALL GUILTY OF SOMETHING" it may not be drinking and driving, robbery, theft, or whatever, but WE ALL have bones in our closet. Something we are not proud of, something we are ashamed of. I ask the readers, and the writers, to remember: A GUILTY CONSCIOUS NEEDS NO ACCUSER. If I know Doug, he is kicking himself way harder and faster than any of us could ever do. Try to think back to some time when you yourself was under scrutiny, didn't you want your oppressors to show a little mercy? Not let you off the hook, but just give you room to collect your thoughts and gather yourself. Well, Doug is under the City of Brazil's scrutiny, can't we do unto others as we would have them do unto us?

-- Posted by mlcorn03 on Sun, Sep 27, 2009, at 9:19 AM


-- Posted by B2012 on Sun, Sep 27, 2009, at 8:15 PM

Proverbs 28:13 A man who refuses to admit his mistakes can never be successful.But if he confesses and forsakes them,he gets another chance.

Proverbs 29:7 The good man knows the poor man's rights: the godless don't care.

-- Posted by westsidemom on Wed, Sep 30, 2009, at 11:43 AM

he just passed away this past month,july 30,2014,so to all of you who were quick to pass judgement,and bad mouthed him,may you go to blazes.rip doug.sorry for your passing.

-- Posted by unclegrabby on Fri, Aug 8, 2014, at 1:46 AM

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