“The Seymour Tribune” reports 38 year-old Officer John C. Newcomb, of Salem was arrested after the 1992 Ford Ranger he was driving north on Indiana 135 in Salem sideswiped a 1994 Pontiac Firebird and left the road, hitting a tree, late Wednesday.
Newcomb was pulling a DARE trailer owned by the Seymour Police Department at the time of the wreck, which was reported at 10:20 p.m. Wednesday. The report said that Newcomb was using the trailer to move personal belongings from his Salem home to a new address in Seymour.
Newcomb, who is Seymour Police Department’s school resource officer, was booked into Washington County Jail in Salem at 12:55 a.m. Thursday on a charge of operating while intoxicated. According to the report, Newcomb had a blood alcohol content of 0.14. The legal limit in Indiana is .08.
Newcomb was released from the jail at 8:47 a.m. Thursday after posting a $300 cash bond. Seymour Police Chief Bill Abbott said he is awaiting a report from the Indiana State Police and a chance to speak with Newcomb before making any recommendation about the matter or Newcomb’s future with police department to the Seymour Board of Public Works.