GREENWOOD (Dec. 10, 2013) – Greenwood police arrested a man in connection with a November chase and crash that left two people injured, one critically.
Derrick Means, 30, Greenwood, is charged with two counts of operating while intoxicated with a prior conviction within five years resulting in serious bodily injury (Class C felony), criminal recklessness with a motor vehicle (Class D felony) and reckless driving (Class A misdemeanor).
Investigators said his blood alcohol level was .243, more than three times the legal limit.
Just after 9:30 p.m. on Nov. 27, Greenwood police tried to stop Means’ Ford Explorer on suspicion of DUI. Means initially stopped at Madison Avenue and Euclid but sped off as officers approached his SUV.
He continued south on Madison and approached the intersection with Main Street in downtown Greenwood. Police said the light at the intersection was red, but Means swerved around stopped traffic in the southbound lane and tried to get through the intersection in the northbound lane. His Ford Explorer crashed into the driver’s side of a Dodge Caliber that was going through the intersection, rendering both vehicles inoperative.
Three people were inside the Dodge Caliber: two adults and a child. The driver, Michael Brown, 35, Noblesville, and front seat passenger Vestina Grenzow, 35, Noblesville, were taken to IU Health Methodist Hospital with life threatening injuries. A 6-year-old child in the back of the car was not hurt, police said.
Brown remains in the hospital with critical injuries. Grenzow was released several days later after being treated.
Means was also taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. He was booked into the Johnson County Jail on $72,000 bond.