Drivers in separate accidents now face several felony charges filed against them PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Wednesday, 14 October 2015 08:24

Serious charges have been filed against the drivers in two injury accidents that occurred in the county in 2014 and this past February.

Evan M. Allen, 29, Scottsburg, is charged in connection with an accident which happened on June 16, 2014, on Interstate 65. Shawn E. Mayhew, 36, Austin, was involved in an accident occurring February 4, 2015, on State Road 256 East.

The filing of criminal charges was delayed in both cases because of a backlog of evidence to be tested at the crime lab operated by the Indiana State Police, it was learned. Once results of testing physical evidence was provided, paperwork was completed on both cases enabling them to be filed on October 1 in Scott Superior Court.

Allen is charged with eight Class D felonies of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated causing serious bodily injury as well as Class D felonies of unlawful possession of a syringe and possession of a narcotic drug (heroin).

He is alleged to have been involved in an accident with a Ford F150 pickup truck which injured a family of four. According to the Indiana State Police reconstruction, Allen’s 2010 Hyundai Elantra left the northbound lanes of I-65 and was struck by the pickup truck after it crossed the grassy median.

All of the truck’s occupants and Allen were taken to University of Louisville Hospital because of their injuries. A toxicology report indicated that Allen had had codeine and morphine in his blood, the probable cause affidavit related.

In the Mayhew case, the defendant has been charged with two counts of Level 6 felony operating while intoxicated causing serious bodily injury and two counts of Class A misdemeanor operating while intoxicated.

Mayhew’s vehicle crossed the center line of S.R. 256 east of Austin on February 5. It collided head-on with a vehicle driven by a woman who was injured. Mayhew was trapped in the wreckage of his car and had to be extricated. He was transported to U of L Hospital by medical helicopter but released later that same day.

According to testing done by the Department of Toxicology, Mayhew’s blood alcohol content was 0.18, far above Indiana’s allowed BAC level of 0.08.

The woman in the accident told ISP Trooper Tracy Spencer that she continues to have head, neck and knee pain because of the accident, the probable cause affidavit stated.

Both men had initial hearings in Superior Court on October 1. Each entered a not guilty plea. No bond was set for Allen, and he was released on pretrial supervision to await his jury trial on December 3.

Mayhew’s bond was set at $25,000 by corporate surety bond or 10% cash, but he was allowed placement on home detention and pretrial supervision. His jury trial on the charges is scheduled December 8.