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 Motorist Hits Two Deer on 40

December 31, 2008 - The officers of the Knightstown Police Department were busy over the holiday season with accident investigations, property theft, traffic violations and an arrest for drug abuse.

Officer Anthony Lorton was dispatched on Dec. 19 to an accident on U.S. 40 east of 775 W. near Knightstown.

Deborah K. Briar of Lewisville told the officer that she was westbound on U.S. 40 when two deer ran into the roadway and she could not avoid hitting both of the animals. Damage to Briar’s 2003 Chevrolet was estimated at $5,000.

On Dec. 17, an accident occurred north of Knightstown on S.R. 109 south of the Grant City Road. Adam C. Bolyard of Rushville told Officer Anthony Lorton that he was northbound on S.R. 109 when he hit a patch of ice and lost control of his 1999 Chrysler. He stated that he was traveling about 60 mph when his car spun and went into the ditch. Damages were estimated at $2,500. Bolyard did not suffer any injuries.

On Dec. 21, two vehicles were involved in an accident at the intersection of U.S. 40 and Madison St., Knightstown.

Edmond B. Polk of 6503 W. Church St., Knightstown, told Officer Thomas L. Jenkins that he was southbound on Madison St. and had stopped at the stop sign at Main St. He said that he looked both left and right and did not see any traffic before he entered the intersection to turn left (east) onto Main St. where his 1983 Mercury was struck by a westbound car.

The driver of the other vehicle was Mandy L. Burkman of 112 W. Brown St., Knightstown. Burkman was westbound on Main St. and told police that as she approached the Madison St. intersection, a car crossed her lane of travel and she was unable to avoid the impact.

Burkman and a passenger, Kaliegh Burkman, same address, were both transported by ambulance to the Henry Co. Memorial Hospital. Polk was not injured in the accident.

Damages to both vehicles were estimated at $5,000. No citations were issued.

Officer Derek Hall stopped a vehicle Dec. 28 at the Main and Adams St. intersection for speeding. Driver of the vehicle was not named in the police report but on suspicion of drugs, the canine dog “Buddy” was brought to the scene and indicated the presence of drugs. A passenger in the vehicle, Sammy A. Tilley of Lewisville, had marijuana on his person. He was arrested and transported to the Henry Co. Jail. The driver was cited for speeding.

Andranett L. Maddix of Indianapolis was stopped for speeding on S.R. 140 on Dec. 19. According to Officer Shaun Mullins, the driver was traveling 43 in a 30 mph zone. After the stop, the driver could not provide a driver’s license but give the officer an ID card. When checked, the driver had a suspended-prior. The officer issued two citations – one for exceeding urban speed limit and one for driving while license suspended. She was transported to the Knightstown Police Dept. and her vehicle was towed.


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