Woman Arrested After Two-Vehicle Crash

By Jeremy Coumbes on December 5, 2023 at 9:08pm

A Jacksonville woman was arrested after a light pole was knocked over in downtown Jacksonville yesterday.

According to police reports, at approximately 3:30 Monday afternoon, a vehicle driven by 25-year-old Kathryn Purdue of Jacksonville was traveling on West Central Park Plaza approaching the intersection with West State Street, when according to eye witnesses, Purdue was driving at a slow pace or had come to a stop in the roadway. A second vehicle, driven by 39-year old Tyler C. Plogger of Jacksonville was following behind her and attempted to pass. According to police reports and eye witnesses, as Plogger’s vehicle attempted to pass in front, Purdue’s vehicle accelerated at a high rate and swerved to miss Plogger’s vehicle.

The attempt to dodge Plogger’s vehicle caused Purdue’s SUV to drive off of the roadway and into a light pole, knocking it over and onto the sidewalk in front of the Farmers State Bank and Trust Company. No injuries were reported in the crash.

Purdue was arrested and booked into the Morgan County Jail on two charges of driving under the influence of alcohol, and one charge of operating an uninsured motor vehicle. She has since been released with a notice to appear in court.

Plogger was later cited for improper lane usage and improper passing and/or improper turning.