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Sheriff: 42-year-old arrested, had meth in system during fatal crash

FRANKLIN, Ind. (WISH) – A 42-year-old Martinsville man has been arrested on charges involving a fatal crash in October on State Road 44, the Johnson County sheriff said Monday. 

A blood draw from Earl J. Davis shortly after the crash indicated he had amphetamine and methamphetamine in his system, the sheriff said. 

The crash shortly before 7 a.m. Oct. 9 killed 36-year-old Chad Kepner of Bargersville. 

The crash left one of the two vehicles inverted in the 6100 block of West State Road 44. That’s about midway between Bargersville and Morgantown. 

(Photo Provided/Johnson County Sheriff's Office).

Sheriff Duane Burgess said in a news release that Davis was arrested Monday on a charge of causing death when impaired by drugs and three other OWI charges. He was placed in the Johnson County Jail on a $2,500 bond. The sheriff said Davis was in the Johnson County Jail in Franklin on Monday night.

The Johnson County Proscutor’s Office has told the Morgan County Prosecutor’s Office about the arrest because Davis is awaiting trail in Martinsville on a child molestation charge filed in August 2017. His next court hearing in Morgan County is set for June 13.

No court date on the Johnson County charges appeared Monday in online court records.