Police: Man, high on meth, crashes 2 vehicles

Shephard stole vehicle from good Samaritan

GREENWOOD, Ind. - A man who admitted to using Methamphetamine crashed his vehicle into a pole and then stole a vehicle from a good Samaritan who had stopped to help him, police said.

Police from Johnson County said Bert Shephard and Ashley Palmer crashed their Ford Ranger into a power pole on South Harvey Road Friday afternoon.

Two good Samaritans stopped at the scene of the accident to help, and told police that Palmer appeared to be hurt and Shephard appeared to be intoxicated.

When the witnesses called 911 for assistance, Shephard and Palmer got into the vehicle of one of the witnesses and took off at a high rate of speed, a police report said.

Dispatch officers later received a call from residents of a house in the 1300 block of North Harvey Road that said Palmer had been dropped off at their house and said she was injured, police said.

Police responded and Palmer was transported to St. Francis Hospital.

Officers with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department contacted police with Johnson County and said the stolen vehicle had crashed at Mitthoeffer and Maze Roads in Indianapolis.

IMPD detained Shephard at the scene of the second accident and police said it was evident that he was under the influence of a stimulant.

Police said an officer recorded their conversation in a police vehicle and Shephard admitted he had smoked meth that day.

Shephard told police he had been driving around with his girlfriend all day and admitted to wrecking the truck and stealing the second vehicle while the owner was trying to help him, police said.

He said he drove toward Indianapolis and let his girlfriend out of the car so she could get medical help, police said.

Shephard was transported to Johnson Memorial Hospital for a blood test and was then taken to the Johnson County Jail without incident, police said.

Police said Shephard was charged in connection with auto theft, operating while intoxicated and failure to stop after a personal injury accident.

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