BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — A 28-year-old man is facing multiple charges after allegedly crashing into a Monroe County sheriff's deputy's patrol car Tuesday night.
On Jan. 3 around 11:50 p.m., a Monroe County deputy was on-duty and driving westbound on West Country Club Drive, near South Banta Drive, when he saw an eastbound Jeep flash its fog lights as if to alert oncoming traffic to a hazard.
Then, the deputy started to slow down to investigate the apparent signaling and saw the Jeep was also slowing down.
That's when a Honda Civic, driven by Tyler Stonier, abruptly crossed the center line and crashed into the deputy's patrol car.
It was later determined the driver of the Jeep slowed down to report Stonier's erratic or impaired driving after seeing the deputy's police car.
According to a crash report, the Jeep driver told deputies that Stonier passed him at a high rate of speed near Interstate 69 where West Tapp Road goes from two lanes to one. Then, the Jeep driver said Stonier did an extra loop at the roundabout for West Tapp Road and South Adams Street to get behind him again.
The Monroe County Sheriff's Office said the deputy had a minor cut to his wrist.
Medics took Stonier to IU Health Bloomington Hospital out of precaution after he mentioned minor complaints of pain due to the crash.
During the investigation, deputies believed Stonier was intoxicated. According to a crash report, Stonier blew 0.110 at the scene.
Following a blood draw to test for alcohol and drug impairment, deputies took Stonier to the Monroe County Jail, where he faces charges of aggressive driving and operating while intoxicated.