Indiana State Police and Putnam County emergency agencies responded to the early morning accident involving a motor vehicle into a building at 54 S. Main St. in Cloverdale.
The 1:30 a.m. crash resulted in three persons being treated at Putnam County Hospital for minor injuries and the trio subsequently being incarcerated in the Putnam County Jail on numerous charges.
Arrested in the unusual incident were:
-- Brice C. Steinbaker, 21, Greencastle, on charges strangulation, a Class D felony; battery, a Class A misdemeanor; and operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, also an A misdemeanor.
He is being held in the Putnam County without bond.
-- Terry A. Gulley Jr., 24, Indianapolis, on charges of battery with a deadly weapon, a Class C felony; battery, an A misdemeanor; and disorderly conduct, public Intoxication and obstructing emergency medical personnel, all Class B misdemeanors.
He also is being held in the Putnam County Jail without bond.
-- Jenneya M. Bruce, 31, Reelsville, on charges of disorderly conduct and obstructing emergency medical personnel, both Class B misdemeanors.
Bruce was held in the Putnam County Jail with bond set at $250.
Authorities report that a preliminary investigation revealed the three were attempting to leave westbound from the Ye Olde Inn bar parking lot on the east side of U.S. 231 (Main Street in Cloverdale). Steinbaker was reportedly behind the wheel of Gulley's black 1998 Chevrolet pickup.
A struggle reportedly took place inside the vehicle with punches reportedly thrown between Steinbaker and Gulley. The fight escalated with Steinbaker allegedly trying to strangle Gulley.
Gulley then reportedly retaliated by allegedly stabbing Steinbaker in the face with a sharp object.
During the fight, the truck accelerated across the highway, striking the unnamed building next to Rebel's Saloon at 54 S. Main St.
Patrons of Rebel's Saloon heard the disturbance, exited the bar and detained the three occupants of the truck until police arrived.
Steinbaker, Gulley and Bruce initially were transported to Putnam County Hospital for minor injuries.
However, during the hospital commute, Bruce and Gulley reportedly became combative with Putnam County EMS medics and had to be restrained.
All three were treated and released from PCH and then taken to the jail.
Damage to the building was minimal, State Police reported. The truck was considered a total loss.
The case is being investigated by ISP Trooper Jonathan Cumbie.
Assisting were the Putnam County Sheriff's Office, Putnam County EMS and Cloverdale police and fire departments.