Police blotter for week of Aug. 17

Man allegedly choked woman faces felony

A local man faces a Level 6 felony and a Class A misdemeanor for domestic battery after an incident on June 27.

Nashville Police Patrolman Jessica Bolin responded to a physical domestic situation in the 100 block of South Johnson Street.

Upon arrival, Bolin observed an adult woman and two juveniles walking outside of the residence. The woman was crying and clutching her throat, according to the probable cause affidavit.

The victim told Bolin she had called 911 because 43-year-old Deward Whiteman was intoxicated and became physical with her and a child.

The victim said Whiteman and his brother were intoxicated. She said they were in the home arguing when another child in the home had loud music playing from a speaker in the child’s room.

Whiteman reportedly became angry with the music being loud and took the speaker from the room. He reportedly went into the victim’s room and jumped onto the bed, where she was with the other child.

The victim told police that Whiteman grabbed the child’s back with both hands and pushed her. The victim said to protect the child she open-palm slapped Whiteman.

According to the affidavit, Whiteman then used one hand to grab the victim’s throat and applied pressure for three to four seconds.

The victim said Whiteman left on foot prior to law enforcement’s arrival.

Brown County Sheriff’s deputies Jacob Gibson and Josh Stargell arrived on scene to assist.

Bolin and Gibson made contact with Whiteman at another nearby home and he told them he had been drinking and did not remember a physical altercation with anyone.

Whiteman was placed into custody for domestic battery in the presence of a minor and transported to the Brown County jail.

Police: Driver in crash distracted

A 21-year-old Brownsburg man told police he was distracted by his GPS when he turned from State Road 46 West onto T.C. Steele Road, colliding with another vehicle.

On July 30, Shamar Johnson told police he was driving to a wedding on T.C. Steele Road when looked down briefly at his GPS while turning off of the state highway, going westbound, an accident report by Brown County Sheriff’s Deputy Dan Acres states.

He reportedly did not see a vehicle driven by 66-year-old Kimberly Bartlett, of Heltonville, in the eastbound lane of T.C. Steele Road. Bartlett’s vehicle then struck Johnson vehicle’s front driver side before leaving the road, going down a ditch and resting against several trees, the accident report states.

Bartlett was taken to Indiana University Health Hospital in Bloomington for further treatment, but was later released with minor injuries. Johnson was treated by EMS at the scene.

Both vehicles were towed from the scene.

Motorcyclist air lifted after crash

BEAN BLOSSOM — A 61-year-old Indianapolis man was air lifted to the hospital after he crashed his motorcycle while riding on State Road 135 North on July 31.

Brown County Sheriff’s Deputy William Pool reported Jeffrey Jeffries was alert when he arrived on scene. Jeffries had not been wearing a helmet and was ejected from his motorcycle after he over corrected and left the road, Pool’s accident report states.

EMS transported Jeffries to the Fruitdale Volunteer Department where he was air lifted to a hospital for further treatment.