Motorcycle rider flown to hospital

FRUITDALE — A motorcycle driver whom police believe may have been drinking was flown to a hospital after crashing on State Road 135 North Oct. 29.

At about 6:45 p.m., emergency personnel were called to the 6900 block of State Road 135 North for a crash. Brown County Sheriff’s Deputy Colton Magner reported seeing the driver, Randall M. Pearson, 52, of Indianapolis, laying face-down in grass on the east side of the road. Magner reported Pearson had a pulse and was breathing, but neither vital sign was normal.

Magner could smell alcohol on Pearson’s breath, but was unable to perform any sobriety tests or administer a breath test due to his condition, the report said.

A friend who was riding ahead of Pearson reported that the two had been at a Nashville bar and that Pearson had “quite a bit” and “a lot” to drink.

Two witnesses reported hat Pearson passed them going between 70 and 100 mph in no-passing zones.

One witness said that when Pearson re-entered the northbound lane after passing he began to move left to right in the lane before running off the road. Pearson landed in the grass as his motorcycle continued down the road, the report said.

Magner was not sure if Pearson was wearing a helmet.

Pearson was flown to Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital for internal head injuries, the report said.

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Suzannah Couch grew up in Brown County, reading the Brown County Democrat. A 2013 Franklin College graduate, she covers business, cops/courts, education and arts/entertainment.