Putnam County—At approximately 9:17 last night, Indiana State Police Trooper Ian Portteus was on routine patrol and stopped in the northbound left turn lane of US 231 at US 40. Suddenly, an eastbound US 40 red 2002 Chevrolet pickup pulling a dump trailer, driven by 44-year-old Craig Hodge of Indianapolis, IN., attempted to turn right and proceed south on US 23. In doing so, Hodge traveled left of center striking the ISP 2017 Dodge Charger nearly head-on. Hodge reported a possible brake issue that may have led to the crash.
None of the drivers or passenger in the Hodge vehicle were transported for injuries. However, some may seek their own medical evaluation for minor complaints of pain. Trooper Portteus’s K-9 partner “Czar” was uninjured.
Craig Hodge was cited for Driving While Suspended and Driving Left of Center.
The crash was investigated by ISP Trooper Kyle Hall. Assisting were ISP Trooper James Crisp, Putnam County Sheriff’s Office, Cloverdale Police Department, Putnam County Operation Life, Reelsville Fire/Rescue, and Curtis Wrecker Service.
Under the Law, criminal charges are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.