(BEDFORD) – Two people were injured in a two-vehicle accident at State Road 37 and 29th Street on Sunday afternoon. One of the drivers was arrested following the incident.
According to a Bedford Police report, 33-year-old Jerrika Miller, of Hope, was traveling south on State Road 37 in a 2008 Mazda 6 and was checking her phone and did not see the vehicle in front of her stop.
She told police she hit the brakes but was unable to stop before colliding with a 2015 Dodge Dart driven by 24-year-old Aaron Walton, of Hardinsburg.
Walton told police he had stopped for the stoplight when he heard the squealing of tires behind his vehicle. He looked in his rearview mirror and watched as a car struck the rear of his vehicle.
Walton and his passenger, 19-year-old Justine Johnson, of Orleans, complained of back pain following the incident. Johnson was transported by an IU Health Hospital ambulance to IU Health Hospital for treatment. Walton told police he would go to the hospital following the investigation of the crash.
Police say Miller showed signs of being intoxicated and failed standard field sobriety tests.
Miller told police she had used meth earlier in the day, but she was distracted by her cell phone which caused the crash.
Miller was arrested on charges of operating a vehicle while being intoxicated on drugs, OWI endangerment, unlawful possession of a syringe and possession of meth.
Walton was issued a citation for failure to have insurance.