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[ISP] Speeding Mother of Three Crashes; Injures Herself and Children
Start Date: 7/29/2013Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 7/29/2013End Time: 11:59 PM
Entry Description

Doans - (Greene County) While Senior Trooper Eric Nash was monitoring Sunday morning traffic on State Road 58 south of Bloomfield, he checked an eastbound 1991 Chevy pickup truck’s speed at 80mph in a 55 mph zone. While turning around attempting to catch up to the truck, S/Trp Nash observed a cloud of dust, smoke and debris along with the truck in a private garden area near County Road 500 East.

The truck had just struck an embankment.

Nash then found a woman, later identified as Jessica Ann Purtlebaugh, 27 of Bloomfield, standing at the passenger door with children crying from inside. Three children were discovered in the truck. Purtlebaugh indicated the children were sharing two seatbelts because there was not enough room for the proper child car seats and boosters in the cab of the truck.

Purtlebaugh told S/Trp Nash she was going to flee and then lost control of the truck at CR 500 East and crashed.

S/Trp Nash administered First Aid to the children who suffered severe lacerations, contusions, swelling and bruising along with lost teeth. Purtlebaugh suffered contusions as well.

Charges are pending.

Indiana Law requires that all passengers in motor vehicles be properly restrained by a seat belt and children under the age of eight be in the proper child restraint system. Seat belt sharing is in violation of the Indiana Code.

Contact Information:
Name: Sgt. Curt Durnil
Phone: 812-332-4411
Email: cdurnil@isp.in.gov
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