Accident ends in arrest of one driver on multiple charges

A two-vehicle wreck at a busy intersection on Seymour’s east side resulted in one driver facing multiple charges.

Witnesses told Seymour Police Department officers responding to the scene about 3:45 p.m. Tuesday that the driver of a pickup truck ran a red light at Tipton Street and Sandy Creek Drive.

The witnesses told police the driver repeatedly tried to leave the scene before officers arrived.

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While speaking with Chassity Goben, 31, of Seymour, Officer Devin Cornwell believed she was intoxicated on a depressant, such as marijuana. Cornwell conducted field sobriety testing and requested Goben take a blood test.

Goben consented to testing and was taken to Schneck Medical Center in Seymour for a blood draw. Police said the preliminary results of the draw tested positive for the presence of marijuana in her system.

Goben was arrested on charges of operating while intoxicated, operating with a controlled substance in the body and driving while suspended with a previous conviction. She was taken to the Jackson County Jail in Brownstown, where she was being held Wednesday on a $705 bond.

Goben also was cited for disregarding an automatic signal, expired registration and driving with no proof of insurance or financial responsibility.

Mary Thayer, 69, of Brownstown, who was a passenger in the other vehicle involved in the wreck, complained of chest pain and was taken to Schneck Medical Center by Jackson County Emergency Medical Services personnel for further evaluation. Police said Thayer was listed in good condition.

Cornwell was assisted by officers Chris McCoy and Bart Bevers.

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Zach Spicer is a reporter for The (Seymour) Tribune. He can be reached at zspicer@tribtown.com or 812-523-7080.