Press release: Wrong-Way Driver Arrested after Colliding into Trooper’s Patrol Car in Knox County

The following was sent to the Bloomingtonian Wednesday:

Wrong-Way Driver Arrested after Colliding into Trooper’s Patrol Car

Knox County – Tuesday night, October 31, at approximately 11:15 p.m., Trooper Buchanan was traveling north on US 41 near Hart Street when he spotted a 2006 Chevrolet SUV traveling north in the southbound lanes. Trooper Buchanan drove through the grassy median, activated his emergency lights, and stopped in the passing lane blocking the path of the wrong-way vehicle. The driver of the wrong-way vehicle slowed down but struck the front end of Trooper Buchanan’s patrol car causing minor damage. The driver was identified as Vanessa Gadsden, 61, of Vincennes. Gadsden displayed signs of impairment and failed field sobriety tests.  A preliminary chemical test revealed she was under the influence of cannabinoids and oxycodone. A blood sample was also sent to the Indiana Department of Toxicology for further evaluation. Gadsden was arrested and taken to the Knox County Jail where she is currently being held on bond.

Arrested and Charges:

  • Vanessa Gadsden, 61, Vincennes, IN
  1. Driving While Intoxicated, Class A Misdemeanor
  2. Reckless Driving, Class A Misdemeanor

Arresting Officer: Trooper Brock Buchanan, Indiana State Police

Assisting Officer: Trooper Tanner Hurley, Indiana State Police

Assisting Agency: Knox County Sheriff’s Office

All criminal defendants are to be presumed innocent until, and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

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