On Monday, Karen L. Guess, 42, Brazil, appeared with her attorney, James Organ, before Clay Circuit Court Judge Joseph Trout with a negotiated plea agreement with the Clay County Prosecutor's Office.
Guess agreed to plead guilty to one count of class D felony resisting law enforcement, two counts of class A misdemeanor battery by body waste and one count each of class B misdemeanor disorderly conduct and class C misdemeanor public nudity in exchange the state would drop the remaining four charges in the case.
Around 4:30 p.m., June 4, 2008, officials responded to a public nudity complaint at a rural Brazil residence allegedly involving Guess. According to official statements at the time, Guess apparently became agitated when a Clay County Sheriff's Department deputy arrived at the scene and refused to be questioned or taken into custody.
While attempting to leave the scene, Guess allegedly drove her 1993 Pontiac Grand Am in a manner that forced the deputy to jump on top of his patrol car two separate times to get out of her way. Once she fled the scene and turned eastbound on United States 40, the deputy reported clocking Guess' speed at 100 mph during the pursuit toward Brazil city limits.
With traffic backed up because an afternoon storm knocked out the city's traffic lights, law enforcement tried to stop Guess' vehicle before she entered Brazil. Officers placed stop sticks in the eastbound lane of US 40, in an area just north of Dairy Queen.
An accident occurred when Guess swerved to avoid the sticks, overcorrected and lost control of her vehicle slamming it into one utility pole, then spinning around and hitting a second utility pole, ripping a portion of the front end off.
Guess was the only person hurt as a result of the accident. However the deputy involved in the pursuit sustained lacerations while trying to help remove her from inside the vehicle.
While Guess was being treated for injuries sustained during the accident at the hospital, she allegedly committed battery by throwing and/or spitting blood on the deputy and two attending nurses.
On June 12, Guess was formally charged by the prosecutor's office with two counts of resisting law enforcement, three counts of battery by body waste, two counts of criminal recklessness and one count each of disorderly conduct and public nudity.
Using the evidence and psychiatric reports presented during the sentencing hearing as a guide, Trout accepted the negotiated plea agreement.
According to court documents, Trout sentenced Guess to serve one-and-a-half years on the resisting law enforcement charge, one year on the two counts of battery by body waste charges, 180 days on the disorderly conduct charge and 60 days on the public nudity charge at the Indiana Department of Correction.
The court ordered the sentences to be served concurrently, which were all suspended with the exception of 154 days (77 actual) to be served with good time credit (if earned) and credit for 77 actual days previously served by Guess.
Trout further ordered Guess to be placed on probation for one year.