Arrest made in SUV-vs-building crash

From Local Sources


JASPER — Authorities have made an arrest in a March 5 SUV-versus-building crash in which the driver fled the scene on foot.

Demetrius L. Greer, 35, 4164 Pinehurst Drive, Jasper, is charged with felony attempted battery, criminal recklessness and criminal mischief, plus misdemeanor mischief and leaving the scene of an accident.

The Jasper Police Department initially reported being called to the Seng & Seng Certified Public Accountants building at 902 Main St. at 2:04 a.m. Thursday, March 5.

Officers said a green 2004 Ford Escape struck the building, causing extensive damage to it. They had arrived to find the Ford up against the building, unoccupied, still running and in park. The driver, later identified as Greer, was found to have fled the scene on foot.

An arrest affidavit in the case adds that while police were on the scene of that accident, the owner of the Ford Escape came to the police station.

The vehicle’s owner said Greer originally took the Ford to give someone a ride. When he had not returned after an hour, the owner said she went looking for Greer and the vehicle.

While a friend was driving her during the search, the affidavit states, Greer, driving the Ford Escape, allegedly began following their vehicle and rear-ended it multiple times before turning off as the woman and her friend neared the police station.

The investigation resulted in an arrest warrant being issued out of Dubois Circuit Court charging Greer with two Level 5 felony counts of battery by means of a deadly weapon, Level 6 felony counts of criminal recklessness and criminal mischief and misdemeanor counts of criminal mischief and leaving the scene of an accident.

Authorities booked Greer into the Dubois County Security Center at 11:33 p.m. Thursday on the active warrant.

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