(BLOOMFIELD) - A 29-year-old Linton man has been busy crashing vehicles and getting arrested.
Anna Rochelle of the Greene County Daily World reports that Justin M. Russell is currently being held in the Greene County Jail on $20,000 bond following his latest arrest, but the string of incidents began on Friday, June 7.
Greene County Sheriff's Deputy Bobby Pierce responded to an accident on June 7 around 10:47 p.m. in the area of County Road 200N, west of CR 1225W.
Pierce said Russell was driving a white 2006 Pontiac minivan westbound on CR 200N when he crashed.
Russell told the officer that he looked down to adjust his radio and when he looked back up, he realized he was on the opposite side of the roadway.
Pierce said the vehicle went off the road and hit a utility pole.
No serious injuries were reported, except Russell suffered a small laceration to his right wrist.
Russell racked up another police report less than a week later when he was involved in a second accident on Tuesday, June 11 in Linton.
Sgt. Chad Crynes of the Linton Police Department was the investigating officer and responded to the scene along with assistance from LPD Officer Karl Jacobshagen.
Officers had received a report of a possibly intoxicated driver and when they were on the way to the area, they learned the vehicle, a green and silver 2001 Dodge pickup truck, had struck another car in the area of 1st and H streets NW, then left the scene.
The officers located the suspect vehicle parked in front of GlenburnNursing Home and they found Russell inside the facility.
According to the police report, Russell was given three field sobriety tests and failed them all. He was suspected of being under the influence of a controlled substance and was transported to Greene County General Hospital for a blood draw.
From there Russell was taken to the Greene County Jail where he was booked in preliminary charges of two felony and two misdemeanorcounts involving operating a vehicle while intoxicated, plus leaving the scene of a property damage accident.
Russell's bond was set at $8,500 surety with ten percent allowed. He posted $850 cash and bonded out around 3 p.m. on Wednesday, June 12.
Then, approximately two hours after being released from jail, LPD officers got a call about an accident at 5th and E streets NW.
Officers Crynes and Jacobshagen responded again and determined it was Russell driving the vehicle when it left the road and hit a large rock in a residential yard around 5 p.m.
When they talked to Russell, they suspected that he was under the influence of a controlled substance. He failed field sobriety tests and refused a chemical test.
They asked for and obtained a search warrant for his blood and transported him to the hospital for the blood draw, then to jail.
He was booked in on preliminary charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated with a prior and his bond increased to $20,000.
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