By Deb Patterson
NAPPANEE — Monica J. Miller, 32, South Main Street, Etna Green, was taken to the hospital for minor bleeding to the head following a one-vehicle crash at 7:31 p.m. Friday, April 24. The crash was on North CR 900W, north of West CR 800N.
Miller, who suffered minor cuts and abrasions on her head as well as her arms and hands, was taken to Parkview Hospital, Warsaw, by Nappanee medics.
Miller’s vehicle had gone off the road, hit a NIPSCO pole, breaking it off at the base, and overturned into a field, coming to rest on its top.
Police were told by a witness, who approached the vehicle after the crash, that Miller was laying in the back of the vehicle partially out of it and there was no other passengers. When police spoke to Miller, she had slurred speech and admitted to consuming alcohol prior to driving. A blood alcohol test is pending.
According to a witness behind Miller’s 2010 Ford Fusion, Miller’s vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed when it encountered a rough section in the roadway. The witness then saw the vehicle begin to spin out of control, go off the east side of the road, hitting the utility pole and overturning. This witness told police he knew Miller had consumed alcohol prior to driving and was intoxicated, which was why he decided to follow her.
Additionally, police learned that Miller did not have a valid driver’s license at the time of the crash and could not provide any proof of insurance.
Damage to the vehicle and NIPSCO pole was estimated up to $25,000.