Seymour man facing charges related to wreck


Tribune staff reports

A 20-year-old man faces felony charges in connection to a report Sunday of a vehicle hitting a utility pole and knocking down power lines north of Seymour.

Zakary Joseph Lucas of Seymour was arrested on charges of resisting law enforcement and possession of a syringe, according to a news release from Jackson County Officer Rick Meyer.

Meyer said he also plans to request charges of leaving the scene of a wreck and operating while intoxicated against Lucas, who fled the scene and was arrested while attempting to run into a residence on Maple Street in the city.

The incident that led to Lucas’ arrest began when Meyer and county Reserve Officer Greg Murphy were dispatched to a report of an accident with downed power lines in the 7700 block of North County Road 875E, just north of the city in the Rockford area.

It was reported to police that a motorist in a silver Pontiac had hit the utility pole owned by Jackson County REMC in that area. The motorist then headed south on County Road 875E into Seymour, Meyer said.

Seymour dispatchers then began receiving calls about a motorist in a silver Pontiac driving all over the road inside city limits, and Seymour officers Bart Bevers and Jason Alberring were able to locate that vehicle on Maple Street.

Lucas was near the vehicle, and when police approached him, he tried to run into the house but was caught before he could do so, Meyer said.

Meyer then arrived and spoke with Lucas, who admitted to driving the vehicle that had hit the utility pole. Lucas failed a field sobriety test and was taken to Schneck Medical Center in Seymour for a blood draw.

Lucas was booked into the Jackson County Jail in Brownstown at 5:35 p.m. Sunday and was being held on $705 bond pending his initial hearing.

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