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Man Crashes Twice, Flees from Police

The Herald Bulletin

May 24, 2011

ANDERSON, Ind. — An Anderson man was arrested after he caused two crashes — leaving the scene of both of them — and then ran from police.

Stephen W. Humes, 55, of the 200 block of Church Drive, was arrested Saturday night in the 3200 block of Scatterfield Road. Bond was set at $5,000 on charges of Class D felonies resisting law enforcement and operating a vehicle as a habitual traffic offender, Class A misdemeanors resisting law enforcement and leaving the scene of a personal injury accident and Class B misdemeanor public intoxication.

This is what happened around 7:40 p.m., according to an Anderson police probable cause affidavit:

Two Anderson police officers arrived to the area of 18th and Scatterfield to investigate a traffic accident. They found several people pointing to a white Buick that was leaving southbound on Scatterfield. The witnesses told officers the Buick caused the crash.

The Buick went through the intersection of Mounds Road and Scatterfield and caused a second accident, according to the affidavit.

When officers drove to that area, the driver of the Buick then drove southbound on Scatterfield this time with a flat tire. The driver, later identified as Humes, reportedly ignored the officers’ lights and sirens and continued moving slowly until he stopped at the intersection of 32nd and Scatterfield.

Humes reportedly ignored the officer’s request to shut off his car engine and was pulled out of the car and to the ground by the officer. He continued to fight with the officer but was eventually handcuffed. The officer noted a strong odor of alcohol on Humes who was also very unsteady on his feet.

Charges for operating a vehicle while intoxicated were pending the results of a blood test. Humes remained at the Madison County Jail on $5,000 bond Monday.

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