By Mike Perleberg
(Brookville, Ind.) – A Brookville resident has been charged in connection with an August fatal accident in which he was allegedly driving while intoxicated.
Jared D. Seale, 22, is charged with OWI Resulting Death (Class B felony) and OWI Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury (Class D felony).
According to a Franklin County Sheriff’s Department narrative of the investigation, On August 10 Seale was driving home from a bar in Ripley, Ohio with three other people in his Oldsmobile Alero. Just before 2:00 a.m., Seale’s vehicle veered off of State Road 252 near the Indiana-Ohio state line.
William “Clay” Meyers, 21, of Laurel, was a rear seat passenger. He was fatally injured in the crash. He was pronounced dead at the scene after being placed in an ambulance.
A second passenger suffered a broken arm and internal injuries. Tyler Phillips, 27, of Brookville, was taken to Mercy Franciscan Medical Center in Harrison.
Seale and a third passenger, Chantel Poe, 22, of Fredericksburg, told police at the scene that they were not injured, but were also transported to the hospital.
At the crash scene, Seale allegedly stated to deputies “I’ve been drinking. Just take me to jail.” When asked, he added that he had not drank anything since the accident.
Poe told investigators that Seale had a couple beers while they were playing pool at the bar, but she did not think he was intoxicated. She said the people in the vehicle had been playing in the car just prior to the crash. The investigating officer wrote that alcohol could be smelled on Seale’s breath and person.
Once at the hospital, a nurse performed a blood draw on Seale at about 4:00 a.m. The results of that blood draw were returned from the Indiana Department of Toxicology on September 9. The test indicated that Seale’s BAC was .16, over Indiana’s legal driving limit of .08.
A drug analysis of the blood draw shows no other drugs were detected in Seale that morning.
The results of the investigation were forwarded to the Franklin County Prosecutor’s Office for review. The charges were formally filed Wednesday, September 25. Seale was arrested on the same date.
Seale remains held in jail at the Franklin County Security Center in Brookville on a $25,000 bond ordered by Franklin Circuit Court Judge Steven J. Cox.