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[ISP] State Police Car Hit by Suspected Intoxicated Driver
Start Date: 7/2/2013Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 7/2/2013End Time: 11:59 PM
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Muncie – Tonight (7/2/13) shortly before 7 p.m. Pendleton Trooper Kyle West was on I-69 northbound in the area of the 238 mile marker working a property damage crash. West, who was sitting in a unmarked State Police Mustang with all emergency lights activated, was parked partially on the berm and partially in the driving lane to provide traffic control for a wrecker pulling a car out of a corn field.

As West sat in his car it was struck from behind by a 2002 Chevrolet Impala driven by Johnnie Ray Barns, age 45 of Anderson. Trooper West was transported to IU Health’s Ball Memorial Hospital in Muncie with non-life threatening injuries, and is expected to be released later tonight.

Barns, who was not injured, was transported to the Delaware County Jail on suspicion of operating while intoxicated. Barns is charged with Operating While Intoxicated Endangerment, Class “D” Felony; No Operator’s License When Required and Failure to Yield to an Emergency Vehicle, both traffic infractions. The investigation is ongoing.

Pendleton Trooper Kendrick Donald is investigating the crash and was assisted at the scene by the Delaware County Sheriff's Department and Delaware County EMS.

The Indiana State Police reminds drivers that Indiana Law requires motorists to move over and or slow down when approaching an emergency vehicle, or a highway maintenance vehicle, on two or four lane roadways when they have emergency lights flashing.

Motorists MUST change lanes away from the emergency or highway maintenance vehicle if they can do so SAFELY; If not they must SLOW DOWN and proceed with caution. We are asking motorists NOT TO STOP in the roadway, but to SLOW DOWN and/or MOVE OVER.

Indiana emergency and highway maintenance vehicles include:
• Police vehicles
• Ambulances
• Fire trucks and rescue equipment
• Highway incident-response vehicles
• Highway work vehicles
• Vehicle recovery equipment (tow trucks)

Contact Information:
Name: Sgt. John Bowling
Phone: 765-778-2121
Email: jbowling@isp.in.gov
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