Drug-impaired Putnam driver crashes on Interstate 70

Monday, June 15, 2015

LITTLE POINT -- About 8:50 p.m. Sunday, Indiana State Police troopers from the Putnamville Post responded to a one-vehicle crash in the westbound lanes of Interstate 70 near the 52-mile marker, 11 miles east of Cloverdale.

Preliminary investigation revealed a black 1994 Pontiac was westbound on I-70 when the female driver lost control and spun off the north side of the roadway.

During the investigation, the female driver reportedly gave a false name and displayed classic signs of intoxication. She was finally identified as 49-year-old Candice Cooper of Bainbridge.

Cooper was taken to the Putnam County Hospital for a chemical test, where she tested positive for benzodiazepines, police said. Cooper was also reportedly in possession of other pharmaceutical drugs without a prescription.

She was incarcerated in the Morgan County Jail for possession of a controlled substance, making a false identity statement and operating while intoxicated and/or under the influence of a controlled substance.

Cooper, who was also cited for no valid driver's license, was not injured in the crash.

The case was investigated by ISP Trooper Jonathan Cumbie. Assisting was Trooper David Cox Jr.

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