Crash that broke store’s window attributed to Seymour driver Print
Written by Marty Randall   
Thursday, 18 January 2018 05:57

A man with a Seymour address has been cited with misdemeanor failure to stop after an accident in the wake of a crash in downtown Scottsburg on December 31.

Gregory A. Helton, 22, reportedly admitted to Scottsburg Patrolman Shawn Hurt that he had been behind the wheel when his car went out of control and struck a decorative planter and a lamppost along West McClain Avenue (State Road 56).

Ptl. Hurt related that he got a call at 3:19 a.m. that Sunday from Deputy Rex Herald that there had been an accident at North Main and West McClain. When the patrolman arrived at the scene, he said he found that someone had hit the planter and lamppost. The lamppost fell against the front window of the Scottsburg Pet Shop and broke the glass.

Debris at the scene included a piece of a yellow vehicle, Ptl. Hurt related in the probable cause affidavit.

Later that morning, Ptl. Hurt received a tip that the driver was Helton and he could be found at an apartment at The Willows west of Scottsburg.

As the officer was looking at the damaged car in one of the complex’s parking lots, he said Helton came out. He said he came to a relative’s apartment after the accident and had planned to call police to report the accident. Looking at his damaged car “…freaked him out,” the officer reported Helton saying. The call was apparently never made.

Helton said he lost control of the car after turning left onto McClain Ave. from South Main Street.

He was placed under arrest.

An initial court hearing is scheduled for him on Tuesday, January 9. Bail is set at $5,000 by corporate surety bond or $500 cash.