Two Knox residents were arrested after a traffic accident in Winamac on Sunday.
The Winamac Police Department investigated the scene where driver, Mathew Hall of Indianapolis, stated that he was stopped at the traffic light at the bridge construction site on US 35 in Winamac when John Rupert, of Knox, rear-ended his vehicle. Both drivers exited the vehicle and Hall told police that he spoke to Rupert and his speech was slurred and he appeared to be “messed up”. Hall said that Rupert and his wife, Charlotte Rupert, who was a passenger in the vehicle, then ran toward an apartment complex south of the scene. The pair were later located inside an apartment hiding and were later arrested and taken to the Pulaski County Jail.
The Pulaski County Prosecutor’s Office has filed charges against John Rupert of Possession of a Controlled Substance and Theft, both Class D Felonies. He has additional misdemeanor charges of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated Endangering a Person, Failure to Return to the Scene after an Accident Resulting in Damage to an Attended Vehicle and Driving While Suspended. John Rupert was charged with Theft as he was reportedly in possession of another person’s debit card without their consent at the time of his arrest. Charlotte Rupert has charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance, a Class D Felony, and misdemeanor charges of Resisting Law Enforcement and False Informing.