Martin County Man Arrested After Accident

A Loogootee man is behind bars after a traffic accident Saturday afternoon led to his arrest on intoxication charges.

Indiana State Police say that Martin County Dispatch recieved a call at approximately 1:35 pm Saturday afternoon of a possible personal injury traffic accident on State Road 550 at Abel Hill Road involving a silver Ford Focus. Police say dispatch was also informed that a vehicle matching that same description had damaged the concrete wall in the 8600 block of Progress School Road and left the scene.

An Indiana State Police trooper and a Martin County Sheriff’s deputy went to the accident scene, where they located the silver Ford Focus off of the roadway, down an embankment, and up against a utility pole. They found 47-year-old John Kendall of Loogootee in the vehicle being checked for potential injuries by the fire department. The state police trooper noted that several alcohol containers were in Kendall’s vehicle along with other items that suggested that Kendall was intoxicated.

After the injury check, Kendall refused to get out of his vehicle at the prompting of officers, so police broke out a window on the car. Even after breaking out the window, Kendall resisted officers until he was tasered and dragged out of the vehicle with the help of a fireman on scene.

While Kendall was being searched, police say they also found several pills in his pockets. Kendall was transported to the Martin County jail, where a certified chemical test found his BrAC to be .24 percent, or three times the legal limit. He was arrested and lodged in the Martin County Jail. Police later found Kendall to be in possession of Hydrocodone, a Schedule 3 controlled substance, Levetiracetam, a Legend drug, and Peroxetine, a Legend drug.

Kendall faces a Class D felony for possession of a Legend drug, a Class B felony for possession of a Schedule 3 Controlled Substance, and a Class A misdemeanor for Operating While Intoxicated.