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Suspect from high-speed pursuit enters guilty plea

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Karen L. Guess
A woman allegedly involved in a high-speed pursuit that ended in a single-vehicle accident and an altercation with medical personnel and a sheriff's deputy at the hospital June 2008 recently appeared in court.

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.

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I mean no disrespect here, but can anyone inform me what a misdemeanor battery by body waste would be? I just hope it is NOT what I think it is. That is just WAYYYY BEYOND sick!

-- Posted by karenmeister on Wed, Feb 18, 2009, at 6:21 AM

Never mind, my computer was messing up and now the rest of the story came through. Ewwwww blood thrower. Wow, I don't know about you all, but I could not deal with that for a living. Good job Judge Trout! To the Officers who dealt with that and the emergency squad..you are stronger people than I would ever be!

-- Posted by karenmeister on Wed, Feb 18, 2009, at 6:25 AM

So glad to see that Ms. Guess will be getting the help she needed and I am excited to see that her future will indeed remain a bright one. Thanks Alias for the "rest of the story"!

-- Posted by karenmeister on Wed, Feb 18, 2009, at 9:28 AM

Thanks alias for the info.

HIPPA laws make it impossible for media or law enforcement people to talk about that type of information, or include it in a story without the person's permission.

Its great to see that she will rise from the ashes of a mental break. I hope her community gives her the support she needs to stay healthy. God bless.

-- Posted by Cy on Wed, Feb 18, 2009, at 12:20 PM

Excellent! I'm glad to see justice was served. Ms. Guess will get a little punishment to reminder her to behave. Sounds like she was out of control for the most part. Once again Judge Trout has a good feel for punishment or (in this case) leniency. Thanks alias for the update. I always wondered what happened. I was nearby on my motorcycle when it all went down. She was a pretty crazy lady at the time. Looks like everybody did their job well and we've got a happy ending. -TR

-- Posted by TheRider on Wed, Feb 18, 2009, at 3:10 PM

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