2013-01-29 / Front Page

Early Morning Fight Ends With Vehicle Crashing Into Building

Charges From Arrests Include Strangulation, Assault With Weapon
by Michael Stanley
Staff Writer


Terry Gulley Terry Gulley Three individuals were booked into the Putnam County Jail early Saturday morning after a fight escalated into a property damage traffic accident on Main Street in Cloverdale.

Indiana State Police Trooper Jonathan Cumbie and Putnam County emergency personnel responded to the scene on South Main Street shortly after 1:30 a.m.

According to a press release issued by the ISP Putnamville Post, punches were exchanged inside a vehicle as Brice Steinbaker, 21, of Greencastle, and 24-year-old Terry Gulley, Jr. of Indianapolis were attempting to leave the Yee Olde Inn bar parking lot.

Trooper Cumbie’s investigation found that the two men, along with 31-yearold Jenneya Bruce of Reelsville were attempting to leave the bar, westbound with Steinbaker behind the wheel of Gulley’s 1998 Chevrolet pickup truck.

The two men exchanged punches when the fight escalated and Steinbaker attempted to strangle Gulley. Gulley reportedly stabbed Steinbaker in the face with a sharp object when the truck accelerated across U.S. 231/Main Street and struck a building at 54 South Main Street.


Brice Steinbaker Brice Steinbaker Patrons inside nearby Rebel’s Saloon reportedly responded to the disturbance and detained the three individuals until law enforcement arrived on the scene.

All three were being transported to Putnam County Hospital for treatment of minor injures when Bruce and Gulley reportedly became combative with Putnam County Emergency Medical Service medics and were restrained. The three were later released from the hospital and transported to the Putnam County Jail.

While damage to the building was deemed minimal, the ‘98 pick-up truck was totaled in the incident.

Assisting in the investigation were officers from the Putnam County Sheriff’s and Cloverdale Police departments.

Steinbaker was booked in on preliminary charges of strangulation (Class Dfelony), battery (Class Amisdemeanor) and operating a vehicle while intoxicated (Class A-misdemeanor).

Gulley was arrested on preliminary charges of battery with a deadly weapon (Class C-felony), battery (Class A-misdemeanor), disorderly conduct, public intoxication and obstructing emergency medical personnel (all Class B-misdemeanors).

Bruce was preliminary charged with disorderly conduct and obstructing emergency medical personnel (both Class B-misdemeanors).

Both Steinbaker and Gulley remained incarcerated Monday afternoon at the Putnam County Jail, while Bruce posted bond and was released Saturday, January 26.

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