Huntingburg man charged with criminal recklessness

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STENDAL — A Huntingburg man was formally charged last week with criminal recklessness and associated counts after police investigated a shots-fired report in the Stendal area.

The Pike County Sheriff’s Office began an investigation after a report at 1:54 a.m. Wednesday, May 27, of shots being fired near the Temple Hills campground west of Stendal.

An arrest affidavit says a caller estimated 45 shots had been fired.

A short time later, a deputy stopped a 2006 Toyota pickup truck on a county road near Temple Hills because of a license plate view obstruction.

Police said the driver, Jason K. Cooper, 33, 1918 N. Windsor Court, Huntingburg, yelled and argued about being stopped and, because of the aggressive behavior, additional officers were called to the scene.

A deputy detected the odor of an alcoholic beverage and reported Cooper showed signs of intoxication and had a blood alcohol content that tested .122% on a portable breath test. Police reported in an arrest document that Cooper refused certified chemical testing.

Cooper allegedly admitting to firing shots, according to court records. Police said he had a rifle in the passenger seat and a loaded revolver with its hammer cocked on the passenger-side floor of the vehicle. Police also reported finding marijuana, a glass smoking pipe, loaded magazines and loose ammunition.

The arresting deputy reported that, with it being dark and given the proximity to Temple Hills campground and Cooper’s level of intoxication, he believed firing the gun into the air posed a substantial risk of bodily injury to others.

Cooper was charged with Level 6 felony criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon and operating while intoxicated (prior), plus misdemeanor carrying a handgun without a license and possession of marijuana.

An initial hearing on the charges was scheduled for June 23.

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