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Verbatim: Charges filed in fatal crash

A written report received Tuesday morning:

Noble County Prosecutor Steven T. Clouse has announced that criminal charges have been filed against James L. Gaylord, Age 60, of Bause Lake Drive, Cromwell, Indiana. The charge filed on Monday afternoon Noble Circuit Court are: Count 1, Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated – Causing Death, class C felony and Count 2, Reckless Homicide, class C felony. Noble County Sheriff’s Department Officers arrested Gaylord without incident late Monday evening. Gaylord is expected to appear for his initial hearing at 12:50 PM today in Circuit Court.

The charges each stem from a traffic crash that occurred on July 1, 2011 on County Road 200 South near the intersection of County Road 1050 West when a vehicle allegedly driving by Gaylord crashed with a vehicle driven by Thomas R. Davidsen. The crash allegedly resulted in the death of Davidsen, formerly of Cromwell. Mr. Davidsen passed away on July 7, 2011 at the age of 85, in a Fort Wayne hospital. The charges filed against Gaylord allege that Mr. Davidsen’s death was a result the traffic crash. The Allen County Coroner’s Office reported that Mr. Davidsen’s official cause of death was: blunt force trauma of chest and abdomen due to motor vehicle crash.

The charging documents signed by Noble County Sheriff’s Deputy Duane D. Ewell states that when Gaylord operated his Buick LeSabre on July 1, 2011 he was intoxicated. Deputy Ewell alleged that he observed the odor of alcohol on Gaylord’s breath; that Gaylord admitted to consuming alcohol prior to the crash; and that Gaylord failed at least one field sobriety test. The charging documents further allege that the Gaylord vehicle was traveling at a speed of 78 MPH prior to the collision. The location of the crash is a 55 MPH zone.

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