Driver flees an accident scene and is detained on OWI charges

BEDFORD— On Thursday, April 11, at approximately 1:25 a.m., Bedford Police Dispatch received a 911 call reporting that a vehicle had left the scene of an accident at Old State 37 and Peerless Road. Lawrence Deputy Josh Rhoads, Capt. Harrison Fleetwood and Sgt. Anthony Pope advised they would assist with locating the fleeing motorist.

While traveling on Old State Road 37 at Peerless Road, Capt. Harrison spotted a silver Ford Focus. The airbags were deployed in the vehicle, and there was heavy damage to the driver’s side and front end and broken windows.

Caleb Conn

A traffic stop was initiated. The vehicle’s sole occupant was the driver, 24-year-old Caleb Conn, of Bedford. Police say Conn was intoxicated and had a hard time following police commands.

He told police he was not injured.

Conn smelled of alcohol and failed several field sobriety tests. He agreed to submit to the preliminary breath test and had a blood-alcohol level of 0.135 percent.

Conn admitted he had smoked marijuana and consumed four shots of Crown Royal peach while playing pool. He also admitted to being on probation.

While en route to jail, Caleb vomited in the back of the police vehicle and on the side of the street.

He refused to submit to a blood test. A warrant was issued, and Conn was transported to IU Health Bedford Hospital for the test.

Conn is facing charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated, leaving the scene of an accident, OWI endangerment, OWI with a prior conviction, and refusal to submit to an alcohol test.