Claypool struck by reckless Wabash driver

On Aug. 29, at approximately 4:32 p.m., Wabash Police had reports of a reckless driver in the North Cass Street area. The vehicle was reported passing cars and running red lights in the area. The vehicle was located in the Wal-Mart area.

Officer Kevin Evenson approached the parked vehicle in attempt to speak with the driver. As Officer Evenson reached the vehicle, the driver tried to leave. Officer Evenson reached inside the vehicle, trying to stop the driver, as the driver drove away.

The vehicle drove down through the Wal-Mart parking lot, at a high rate of speed, turning northbound on State Road 15.

Sgt. Matt Benson, Wabash City Police Department, attempted to stop the vehicle, but the vehicle continued northbound on State Road 15. The driver led police near County Road 30 N and State Road 15. The vehicle rear ended a northbound motorcycle driven by Jerry L. Rose, 45, Claypool.

Rose was transferred from a Wabash Fire Department ambulance to an awaiting Lutheran Helicopter. Rose was admitted to Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne.

The driver of the vehicle was identified as Ashley F. Graves, 31, Wabash. A blood sample was obtained from Graves and confirmatory testing will be completed by Indiana Department of Toxicology. Graves was preliminarily arrested for operating while intoxicated, causing serious bodily injury, resisting law enforcement, causing serious bodily injury, reckless driving, and driving while suspended.

Graves was incarcerated in the Wabash County Jail. Cprl. Chad Galligan assisted during this investigation. Assisting in this incident was Wabash County Sheriff’s Department, Wabash City Fire, Roann Fire, Noble Fire, Wabash County EMA and several passing motorists.

Posted on 2014 Sep 09