Man flees scene of wreck on I-65

A Jackson County man involved in a wreck Tuesday afternoon on Interstate 65 near Tipton Street in Seymour was arrested after was he found hiding under an overpass.

Jonathan Joel Ojeda-Melendez, 23, Seymour, faces charges of resisting law enforcement, operating while never having received a driver’s license and leaving the scene of an accident after the incident was reported at 3:41 p.m.

That incident was reported by another motorist, who told dispatchers they saw a vehicle spin and hit a guardrail and the man driving the car running away from the scene.

Officer Rick Meyer with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department, the first officer to arrive at the scene, said he saw a man, later identified as Ojeda-Melendez, running on the railroad tracks underneath the interstate.

Seymour officers assisted with the search for Ojeda-Melendez, and Officer Ben Miller with the Seymour Police Department found and arrested him.

Ojeda-Melendez told police he ran after losing control of the 2002 Dodge he was driving and hitting the guardrail because he didn’t have a license and was afraid, Meyer said.

Ojeda-Melendez was booked into the Jackson County Jail in Brownstown at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. He posted $705 bond and was released at 10:04 a.m. Wednesday.

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Aaron Piper is a photographer and reporter for The (Seymour) Tribune. He can be reached at apiper@tribtown.com or 812-523-7057.