Man accused of stealing passerby's car, crashing it

Daily Journal staff reports

A Shelbyville man was arrested after police said he stole and wrecked the car of a passerby who stopped at an accident.

Bert K. Shepard, 38, 907 State St., was arrested on a charge of auto theft, leaving the scene of an accident and operating a vehicle while intoxicated.

A man told police he was driving on Harvey Road, near Clark School Road at about 3:30 p.m. Friday. He saw a vehicle that had crashed into a utility pole and stopped to see if everyone was OK, according to a Johnson County Sheriff’s Office report.

He told police the driver, Shepard, was acting strange. A passenger in the car said she was injured. Shepard and the woman then left in the passerby’s car, the report said.

Shortly after, the woman was dropped off at a home so she could get medical attention, and police in Indianapolis said the vehicle was involved in an accident, the report said.

Shepard was arrested. He told police he had used methamphetamine that day, and his blood was drawn to test for possible intoxication, the report said.

Shepard was taken to the Johnson County jail, where he was held on $10,000 bond.

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