Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

April 28, 2014

Crash involving deputy's vehicle hurts two

The Batesville Herald-Tribune

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Two persons were injured in a crash involving a sheriff’s vehicle Saturday evening, April 26, said Sgt. Noel Houze, Indiana State Police Versailles District public information officer. 

At about 11 p.m. Franklin County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Gregory Mehlbauer, 34, was traveling westbound on State Road 46 in his 2015 Ford Expedition police vehicle at the intersection of County Line Road when he observed a violator traveling eastbound, reported Senior Trooper Jason Hankins.  

The deputy pulled into County Line Road to make a U-turn to pursue the violator. A 1994 GMC pickup truck driven by Steven Miller, 18, Batesville, was also westbound behind Mehlbauer. As the deputy was making a U-turn, the GMC was passing by County Line Road and the police vehicle struck the pickup broadside, according to the trooper.  

After impact, the police vehicle came to rest in the road and the pickup went off the road's south side and rolled one time, coming to rest on its wheels. "Miller, who was not restrained, was ejected and suffered an apparent broken collar bone," said Hankins. A GMC passenger, Nicole Howard, 19, New Castle, also not restrained, was not ejected, but suffered minor abrasions. Mehlbauer was not injured. 

Miller and Howard were transported to Margaret Mary Health, Batesville. 

The crash remains under investigation. Hankins was assisted by other troopers, Batesville Police and Fire departments and Batesville EMS 10.