Woman arrested after blood test proves she was driving under the influence of drugs

BEDFORD – A Bedford woman was arrested when a warrant was issued for her arrest after she was found to be intoxicated while involved in an accident on December 15, 2023.

Officers arrested 60-year-old Lisa Pruett, of Mitchell, on charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated with a prior conviction and OWI controlled substance.

Lisa Pruett

According to a probable cause affidavit by Officer Tedrow, on December 15, 2023, at 9:12 p.m., Bedford Police officers responded to an accident at State Road 37 and Pumphouse Road. When officers arrived, they found traffic backed up on State Road 37 and a 2012 GMC Acadia on its side. Pruett was trapped inside. Another involved in the crash was a 2016 Ford Taurus driven by 56-year-old Brian Arnold. It was disabled in the intersection

Pruett was freed from the wreckage. She told Officer Haluda she had no recollection of the crash. The last thing she remembered was leaving Rural King around 9:05 p.m.

Pruett was transported by ambulance to IU Health Bedford Hospital for treatment.

Due to the seriousness of the accident, both drivers were asked to submit to an alcohol test. Arnold complied, and his results were negative for traces of alcohol. Pruett refused to comply. Judge John Plummer III issued a warrant for the blood test.

Police say Pruett has a previous conviction of operating a vehicle while intoxicated endangerment from May 16, 2019, in Washington County.

On January 24, 2024, police received Pruett’s toxicology results from the Indiana State Department of
Toxicology. Pruett texted positive for Dextromethorphan, Amphetamine, and Methamphetamine.

A warrant was requested for her arrest.