Woman arrested for DWI after backing into police vehicle
A Friday night traffic stop rapidly went from bad to worse for a 45-year-old Greencastle woman.
Already stopped on suspicion of driving while intoxicated, Cynthia D. Hayden backed her 1972 Chevrolet Camaro into vehicle of the deputy who had stopped her.
The incident began when Deputy Riley Houghton initiated the stop on Hayden's Camaro around 11 p.m. Friday. Hayden apparently complied with the stop, but then backed up for an unknown reason, colliding with the 2016 Ford Explorer Houghton was driving.
With the collision involving Houghton's vehicle, Sgt. Kyle Gibbons was dispatched to the scene to investigate the incident.
Hayden told the officers that her brakes had failed. However, she was later revealed to have a .30 blood alcohol content -- nearly four times the legal limit.
Sgt. Gibbons placed Hayden under arrest for driving while intoxicated. She was booked in the Putnam County Jail at 3:26 a.m. Saturday.
On Monday, the Putnam County Prosecutor's Office officially filed two charges against Hayden in Putnam Superior Court: Class A misdemeanor driving with a BAC or .15 or more and Class C misdemeanor driving while intoxicated.
Damage to the two vehicles was estimated at $1,001-$2,500.