Dearborn County Law Enforcement Center
(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) - A drunk driving crash last week saw a woman seriously injured and the driver arrested, but only once police caught him after he fled the scene.
Dearborn County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a single car accident involving a white Ford Escort on Wilson Creek Road in Lawrenceburg at about 2:55 p.m. on Saturday, April 13. Passenger Kayla Gray was found unconscious in the vehicle, but the alleged driver, Jeremy Lee Brown, had disappeared.
Deputies later learned that Brown, 28, of Briceville, Tennessee, had left the scene with the driver of another vehicle that had drove up on the accident scene soon after it happened.
“(The driver) stated that he arrived at the accident scene and stopped to help and the male subject (Jeremy Brown) wearing a gray sweatshirt and blue jeans came running up to him hysterical and asked if he could take him to his house so he could get to his kids,” investigators wrote in a court affidavit.
That driver returned to the crash scene and told police he had taken Brown to Knoll Apartments on nearby Village Drive.
Officers went to the apartments and saw a man matching the clothing description. Brown attempted to flee on foot, but was forcibly taken into custody. Deputies allegedly witnessed Brown with blood on his hands and face and the smell of alcohol.
Brown denied that he had been in the accident and refused to talk, investigators said.
Deputies would later speak with another witness who lives on Wilson Creek Road and witnessed the crash. That witness said he heard tires squeal and the vehicle strike a tree. Brown was then allegedly seen trying to get a response from Gray, who was unconscious, before leaving with the other driver.
Gray, the crash victim, is continuing to recover from a fractured spine, skull, and facial bones. She had been in a coma at the time charges were filed April 15. Her current medical condition is not known.
Brown is currently in jail at the Dearborn County Law Enforcement Center on charges of OWI with a Prior Conviction Causing Serious Bodily Injury (Class C felony), Failure to Stop After an Accident Resulting In Serious Bodily Injury (Class D felony), Habitual Traffic Violator (Class D felony), and Resisting Law Enforcement (Class A misdemeanor). His bond has been set at $150,000 surety and $2,500 cash.
According to the affidavit, Brown’s license was suspended from a previous Operating While Intoxicated conviction in Ripley County last September. He is also listed as a habitual traffic violator due to other OWI convictions in Switzerland County in 2003 and 2006.
A pretrial hearing is scheduled for June 5 in Dearborn Circuit Court.