Man Won’t Exit Vehicle; Dies In Fire
BY JEN GIBSON, Times-Union Staff Writer
MASTODON CITY – One man is dead following a crash on Turkey Creek Road outside Mastodon City limits Saturday evening.
Scott W. Halsey, 33 of Mastodon City, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident at 10273 N. Turkey Creek Road.
Halsey was allegedly driving erratically and hit several mailboxes before running into a ditch and coming to rest on top of a cement anchor for a mailbox. He reportedly became abusive, yelling obscenities at officers, and refused to get out of the vehicle.
Witnesses saw smoke coming from Halsey’s 1958 Chrysler and tried to get him out of the vehicle. Despite efforts to pull Halsey out of the car, he would not exit the vehicle. Eventually the flames became too intense and people trying to remove him from the car had to move away while he continued to yell obscenities and told bystanders to leave him alone.
When firemen arrived at the scene, the car was engulfed in flames.
Police do not know why Halsey refused to leave the vehicle. He was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.
According to a Mastodon County Sheriff’s Office report, Halsey’s wife Michelle told officers that Scott had been having trouble regulating and managing his blood sugar levels. She talked to him shortly before the crash and said Scott sounded like he was having problems at that time.
The incident remains under investigation by the Indiana State Police and the Mastodon County Sheriff’s Department.