Putnam Scanner for March 7, 2018

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Sheriff’s Department

A Fillmore man was booked in the Putnam County Jail early Monday following a one-vehicle crash Sunday evening.

At 8:56 p.m. 28-year-old Justin W. Lewis was northbound on County Road 1025 East near County Road 725 South in a 1999 Chevrolet pickup.

Deputy Jeffery Freeman reported that it appeared Lewis fell asleep and drove off the road into a ditch.

Freeman further stated that Lewis was “extremely intoxicated with alcohol” and refused consent to testing.

He was taken to Putnam County Hospital due to a gash on his forehead and for further evaluation.

Lewis was booked in the Putnam County Jail at 1:24 a.m. for operating while intoxicated.

Damage was estimated at $1,001-$2,500. The pickup was towed.

Putnam sheriff’s deputies investigated three other recent crashes.

• At 7:21 p.m. on Sunday, Gerald L. Bloomer, 73, Coatesville, was eastbound on U.S. 36 near U.S. 231 in a 2013 Chevrolet Trailblazer when he hit a deer.

Deputy Freeman estimated damage at $2,501-$5,000.

• At 9:56 p.m. on Saturday Mary A. Fordice, 32, Russellville, was westbound on County Road 790 North near County Road 500 West in a 1999 Ford F450 when a deer entered the road.

Fordice told Deputy Freeman she swerved but still hit the animal as well as a guardrail. The truck jumped the driver’s side tires over the guardrail.

The truck was towed. Damage was estimated at $1,001-$2,500.

• At 3:12 p.m. on Friday, Ahman M. Zaher, 26, Terre Haute, was eastbound on Interstate 70 just east of the 46-mile marker in a 2014 Nissan Altima.

Zaher told Capt. Tom Helmer a portion of a tire that had blown off a semi landed in his lane.

He tried to miss the tire but hit it with his right front tire, damaging the right front and right rear of the vehicle.

Damage was estimated at $2,501-$5,000.

Information included in the Putnam Scanner is taken from reports provided to the Banner Graphic by the Greencastle Police, the Greencastle Fire and the Putnam County Sheriff’s departments.

Individuals listed in the blotter have been arrested on probable cause and have not been formally charged. Charging information may change after an initial arrest.

Questions about listed charging information should be directed to the arresting agency.