Putnam Scanner for June 6, 2009

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Putnam County Jail

One man was arrested Thursday and booked into the Putnam County Jail on alcohol related charges.

Ronald Carter, 47, Poland, was booked at 10:05 p.m. for operating a vehicle while intoxicated, operating a vehicle with a suspended or revoked license and public intoxication.

Putnam County Sheriff's Department

The Putnam County Sheriff's Department has reported three accidents with two involving deer.

On Thursday, Roger Roberts of Terre Haute was traveling east on Interstate 70 at 6:10 a.m. when a deer entered the roadway. Roberts was unable to avoid colliding with the animal and struck it with the front of his vehicle.

The impact caused airbags to deploy. Roberts complained of pain in his hand from the airbags, but refused medical assistance at the scene. Curtis Wrecker Service towed the vehicle. There was an estimated $2,501 to $5,000 in damages.

Steven Styles of Terre Haute was traveling northeast on West Walnut Street or CR 125W at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, when deer entered the roadway. While Styles was observing the animals, he did not negotiate a curve in the road.

Styles stated he applied the brakes, but due to wet pavement they locked up and he was unable to steer the vehicle. It slid across the center of the road and struck a tree and a telephone junction box.

Styles and his passenger were uninjured in the collision. There was an estimated $2,501 to $5,000 in damages.

At 11:01 p.m. Wednesday, Edward Laing of Poland was exiting South Putnam High School's parking lot to travel west on U.S. 40, when he failed to see a vehicle traveling east.

According to the accident report, Heather Runnells of Greencastle was traveling a few feet behind a pick up truck in the "fast lane" heading east on 40, when Laing's vehicle entered her path.

Runnell's vehicle struck the driver's side of Laing's vehicle causing extensive damage to both vehicles. A passenger in Runnell's vehicle, who was a small child in a safety seat, complained of neck pain.

Seniour's Wrecker Service towed both vehicles from the scene. There was an estimated $2,501 to $5,000 in damages.

Greencastle Fire Department reported no fire runs since Thursday afternoon.