The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office sent the following information Wednesday about a crash involving an MCSO vehicle:
“On January 3, 2023, at approximately 11:51 PM, Deputy Zeiser was on-duty and patrolling westbound on Country Club Drive near South Banta Drive when he observed an eastbound motorist flashing their fog lights as if alerting oncoming traffic to a hazard. Deputy Zeiser began to slow his vehicle to investigate the apparent signaling and observed the Jeep was also reducing speed. It was later determined that the Jeep was slowing to report the erratic/impaired driving behavior of a vehicle following them after recognizing Deputy Zeiser’s vehicle as a police car. At the same moment, a Honda Civic following extremely closely behind the Jeep abruptly crossed the center line and collided head-on with Deputy Zeiser’s Dodge Charger patrol vehicle. Deputy Zeiser was able to significantly reduce his vehicle’s speed before the collision and sustained a minor cut to his wrist.
The driver of the Honda was identified as Tyler Stonier and was transported to IU Health Bloomington Hospital by ambulance as a precaution due to the crash. Mr. Stonier was evaluated and determined to be uninjured and only had minor complaints of pain from the collision. During the investigation, Deputy Moulden detected indicators of impairment during the at-scene interaction with Mr. Stonier and conducted an operating while intoxicated investigation. Mr. Stonier consented to a blood draw to test for alcohol and drug impairment and was ultimately remanded to the Monroe County Jail on criminal charges of Aggressive Driving and Operating While Intoxicated.”