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Accident results in two arrests

Thursday, September 18, 2003

County police and fire units and rescue workers assess damage after occupants were removed from the red Chevrolet Cavalier convertible. Chris and Michelle Lee, in red shirts, were in the gray Ford Taurus when it was hit by the Cavalier.

Two Staunton men were arrested yesterday afternoon after being involved in a two-car wreck at the S-curve in Staunton about 4:20 p.m.

Brian Phillips, driver of a red Chevrolet Cavalier convertible and his passenger, Steven Schane, who is believed to be the owner of the car, were taken to St. Vincent Clay Hospital by Athens Ambulance Service. After treatment they were incarcerated at the Clay County jail.

Phillips was charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated and possession of marijuana. Schane was held on possession of marijuana charges.

According to the initial report from Sgt. Robert Gambill of the Clay County Sheriff's Department, Brian Phillips, was traveling south on the Staunton Road at an unsafe speed as he approached the curve and swerved into the on-coming lane as he tried to turn.

Chris and Michelle Lee, of Cory, were eastbound on the Staunton Road at the curve in their 1992 Ford Taurus. When they got to the curve the Cavalier was coming at them in their lane. Driver Chris Lee tried to pull off to the right. He said his vehicle had come to a stop when the Cavalier hit them.

Sgt. Gambill said there were alcoholic beverage containers and a substance suspected to be marijuana found in the Cavalier. He requested a blood alcohol content and a urinalysis for drugs on Phillips and Schane.

St. Vincent Clay Hospital would not release a condition report on the two men but they were treated and released. Michelle Lee complained of back pain after the accident. She was going to seek a medical exam in Terre Haute.

According to Sgt. Gambill, it appeared that Michelle Lee was the only one involved in the wreck who was wearing a seat belt.

Assisting the Clay County Sheriff's Dept. was the Center Point Town Marshall Jeff McCullough, Posey Twp. Fire Dept. and Athens Ambulance Service.

Phillips and Schane were still in the Clay County jail at press time. The incident remains under investigation.

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