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State Rep. Jim Lucas pleads guilty to OWI arrest, report says

JACKSON COUNTY, Ind. — Around midnight on May 31, ISP seized Lucas after he crashed his 2012 Toyota Tundra on a traffic circle at the intersection of Southbound SR 11 and the I-65 interchange while under traffic. influence of alcohol. According to the ISP, Lucas was traveling south on State Road 11 when he lost control, rolled down an embankment and crashed into a guardrail, sending his car onto the freeway and into the lane of right of I-65 North.

On the afternoon of June 12, in Jackson Superior Court II, Lucas pleaded guilty to driving a car while intoxicated and entering a plea deal to fleeing the scene of a accident. Lucas received a 180-day suspended sentence for fleeing the scene of an accident and 60 days for driving a vehicle while intoxicated. Judge Bruce MacTavish sentenced Lucas to one year probation and $3,929.62 in repair costs to be paid to the Indiana Department of Transportation.

After Indiana State Representative Jim Lucas pleaded guilty to the OWI misdemeanor charges, he avoided jail time. However, if Lucas completes his internship terms within 180 days, the case will be closed. The deal has various clauses, one of which is that Lucas’ license will be revoked for 60 days. Until August 11, he can still use his car for professional reasons on weekdays between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. He is also required to attend a drug treatment center. Lucas pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor counts: one of leaving the scene of an accident, which is a Class B misdemeanor, and one of driving a motor vehicle while intoxicated, a misdemeanor class C.

According to the Indiana State Police collision report, Lucas was heading in the wrong direction when he exited the overpass at the intersection of State Route 11 and Highway 65. According to the report from the ISP, Lucas continued to drive on the three lanes of I-65 northbound. and hit the middle guardrail. After allegedly traveling nearly 200 feet to the northbound lanes of the freeway, Lucas’ car allegedly slammed into a railing, crossed two lanes of traffic and slammed into another guardrail inside the northbound lanes.

According to ISP, Lucas reversed his vehicle onto SR 11 and headed towards Seymour. About three miles from the crash site, the car was discovered with three flat tires. After discovering Lucas wandering at the intersection of SR 11 and Redding Road, responding officers took him into custody. Two counts of impaired driving and one count of fleeing from the scene of an accident led to Lucas’ initial arrest. Lucas informed the police that he had lost control of the car while swerving to avoid a deer. Later that morning, just before 8 a.m., he posted $705 bond and was released. There has been no word yet on Lucas’ toxicology results.

The 58-year-old was arrested at 3:46 a.m. on May 31 on suspicion of impaired driving and fleeing the scene of an accident with property damage, and was taken to Jackson County Jail. I make no apologies for anything and accept full responsibility for what I have done. I want to say sorry to my loved ones and my fellow citizens, and I promise to do better from now on. I have already registered to get the help I need and intend to use this time to honestly assess my situation. As I represent the people of House District 69, I will continue to do my best every day to earn back the trust of my constituents. In 2012, Lucas won election as a representative for California’s House District 69. District 69 encompasses parts of Jackson County, Bartholomew County, Scott County, and Washington County.

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