News From Terre Haute, Indiana

August 15, 2013

Arrest made in Tuesday evening crash

Police say woman driving under influence


The Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — A Sullivan County woman is facing allegations of driving while under the influence of a controlled substance in the wake of Tuesday night’s two-vehicle crash in southern Vigo County.

The Vigo County Sheriff’s Department arrested Amber L. Reed, 23, Shelburn, after she was treated and released from Terre Haute Regional Hospital following the crash, which took place shortly before 8 p.m. on U.S. 41 just north of Indiana 246.

According to a Vigo County Sheriff’s Department news release, Reed was driving a 1990 Jeep Cherokee southbound on U.S. 41 at a high rate of speed. She reportedly approached a semi-trailer in the right lane, quickly veered into the passing lane and then struck a southbound passenger car in the rear.

Reed’s vehicle then veered back to the right, traveled off the roadway and, according to witnesses, rolled several times before coming to rest on its wheels in a ditch. She was still in the driver’s seat several minutes later when sheriff’s deputies arrived, according to the release, and admitted to being the driver.

A passenger in Reed’s vehicle, Joshua Cox of Sullivan, was able to exit the vehicle on his own. However, he and Reed were taken by ambulance to Terre Haute Regional Hospital for treatment.

Deputies suspected Reed was under the influence of a controlled substance and requested toxicology results from the hospital, according to the news release. Based on those results, Reed was transported to the Vigo County jail on allegations of operating a vehicle while intoxicated (controlled substance) and driving on a suspended learner’s permit.

The red Pontiac passenger car rear-ended by Reed’s Jeep, driven by Kyle Morris of Jasonville, was badly damaged in the crash and came to a stop on the shoulder of U.S. 41 just south of Indiana 246. Morris and his father, Mark, a passenger in the car, refused treatment at the scene.

All drivers and passengers involved in the crash were wearing seat belts, which greatly reduced the chance for severe injuries, according to the sheriff’s department.