Wanda English Burnett - Editor
Ripley County Sheriff Bill Davison
made another check on his Ten Most Wanted list last week when
John D. Elkins, 38, of Lexington, KY, was brought into custody
at the Ripley County Jail on December 1.
A warrant for the arrest of Elkins had been issued in July.
The charge is Operating a Vehicle With a .08 Blood Alcohol Content
Causing Death, a Class C Felony.
The charges stem from an accident that occurred on June 17.
According to Ripley Publishing Co. files, Elkins was driving
the vehicle when it crashed on Highway 46 in the Sunman area,
killing Gregory Peters, 42, of Batesville, who was a front seat
passenger. Another passenger, Christina Brown of Greensburg
was injured in the accident. Both Elkins and Peters were flown
by PHI Dove Flight to the University of Cincinnati for injuries
sustained in the crash.
Sgt. Marvin Smith of the Ripley County Sheriffs Department
responded to the accident at about 4:41 a.m. where he said he
smelled alcohol and saw several containers of beer at the site.
According to the Probable Cause Affidavit filed on July 7 in
the Ripley County Clerks Office, one witness stated Elkins
had been drinking earlier in the evening before the accident.
Another witness said Elkins and others were also smoking marijuana
before the accident.
Elkins was arrested in Cincinnati, recently on a misdemeanor
charge and the warrant from Ripley County, according to Sheriff
Davison. He appeared in Ripley County Circuit Court Tuesday,
December 5, at 9:30 a.m. where his bond was set at $200,000,
meaning it will take $20,050 cash to bond him out. He is presently
incarcerated in the Ripley County Jail.