DATE: Sunday, December 1, 2019
SUBJECT: Vehicle Crash Turns Out To Be Act of Domestic Violence
CONTACT: Sergeant Joshua Wargel / Lieutenant Mark Rasure
AUTHORITY: Sheriff David Wedding

Shortly before noon on 12/1/2019 the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a motor vehicle crash on State Road 66 near the intersection of N. Saint Joseph Avenue. Deputies arrived and found a vehicle had been west bound on State Road 66 when it abruptly veered to the left through the median and traveled across the east bound lanes before careening down a steep embankment into the woods.  The vehicle was occupied at the time by the driver, the driver’s boyfriend, an adult male passenger, and the eight month old daughter of the driver and her boyfriend. The backseat adult passenger was taken to a local hospital where he was treated for a possible facial fracture. No other injuries required immediate medical attention.

During the course of the investigation deputies began to recognize indicators that the crash was an intentional act by the driver as part of an active incident of domestic violence. As a result of the investigation deputies arrested the driver,  Alexis Rodgers, 20, of Evansville for a variety of charges associated with domestic battery and criminal recklessness. Rodgers will be held in the Vanderburgh County Confinement Center without bond until her initial court appearance on Monday. 

Presumption of Innocence Notice: The fact that a person has been arrested or charged with a crime is merely an accusation. The defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in a court of law.

The above image depicts the vehicle as it was observed by investigating deputies.