Banks booked into jail after allegedly running from five-vehicle wreck Print
Written by Marty Randall   
Wednesday, 21 January 2015 08:20

An Austin area man is cooling his heels at the Scott County Security Center after allegedly being involved in a Scottsburg accident that involved a total of five vehicles. The mishap occurred just before 12 noon on Thursday, January 15, on U.S. Highway 31 North close to its intersection with Maple Street. A 1996 green Mustang driven by Raymond L. Banks Jr., 37, allegedly hit the rear of a 2005 Dodge Durango SUV as its driver, Lyndsay K. Lucas, 27, Scottsburg, slowed to make a right turn. Banks later told Sgt. Rodney Watts that the car’s brakes failed when he attempted to apply them.

The force of the hit caused the Durango to travel into the parking lot of Interim Healthcare of Scottsburg. There, the SUV struck two parked vehicles, one of which then hit another parked car. Damage was later estimated by Sgt. Brian Hall to be up to $10,000. Sgt. Watts and Sgt. Hall were both dispatched to the scene. While en route, Sgt. Watts said dispatchers related that they had been told that the driver of the Mustang got out of the car and fled on foot. Sgt. Watts reported that officers located Banks later while the man tried to hide in a mobile home east of the wreck site. Banks purportedly admitted to being the driver of the Mustang, which was listed as being owned by Paul E. Bradford of North Manchester.

When Banks was taken into custody, he allegedly had five syringes in his possession. He was also found to have no valid driver license and was wanted on an arrest warrant issued by Scott Superior Court after Banks failed to appear for a trial and then a review hearing last year on an unrelated theft charge. That theft charge is now set for trial on Thursday, January 22.

Banks’ new charges in Scott Circuit Court include one each of unlawful possession of a hypodermic needle, a Level 6 felony; and misdemeanors of possession of drug paraphernalia, failure to stop after an accident resulting in damage to an attended vehicle and failure to stop after an accident resulting in damage to an unattended vehicle. He also now has a Notice of Prior Offense, a Level 5 felony.

His initial trial date on the new charges is June 9, Banks learned at his initial hearing on January 19. A public defender has been appointed to the case.    Banks is being held at the Scott County Security Center in lieu of bail by corporate surety bond of $25,000 or $5,000 cash.