Monday, March 28, 2005


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.


T.S. Farmhand said...

That's terrible.

King Koopa said...

Geez, that's like X-Files crazy.

Why do I think that meth has something to do w/ all this? Could wacked out blood sugar levels really cause something like that?

Mathis said...

Koopa, I think you're on to something. From what I've read, meth does raise your blood sugar levels. However, this whole thing seems way too strange to be the result, solely, of drug use, though I wouldn't be surprised if something like that was part of the mix. The whole burning car thing is sort of Biblical, or even Buddhist, like when those monks burned themselves during Vietnam. Either way you slice it, the guy really want to get the heck out of Dodge.

King Koopa said...

Crass Joke of the Day:

He may have been trying to get the heck out of Dodge, but he should've got his ass out of the Chrysler first.

I'm so sorry.

Yeah, there's definitely more to this story than meets the eye. His wife is attributing it to blood sugar levels; I just don't think he was racing home to eat a cookie (or whatever people do to regulate themselves). I know that Mastodon City and small towns like it around the state have experienced an explosion in meth production.

With your medical/internet know-how and my wildass theories, maybe we can crank...ur crack this case wide open?!

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Mathis said...

There's a television show somewhere here, Koopa, wherein two underachieving, but nonetheless handsome and brilliant young men solve crimes in small towns across the country from behind their desks, in-between faxing important documents for their bosses, getting coffee, and calculating the curvature of a new sewer line. It's sort of like House, MD, except it's not in a hospital, in fact I guess it's more like CSI but we're not really detectives, and you know the more I think about it I'm not sure anyone would want to watch the show but still, I think we can do this and I look forward to our first case.

King Koopa said...

The truth is out there, buddy.

Would we have to live in the same part of the country for this show to work? It would be a very lame show if all our interactions were via the internet. Or a blog.

Besides, I was thinking of more of a Jake and the Fatman-type show. I would be Jake, of course. And, as the Fatman, you'd probably have to change your diet a little bit. More gravy. Less vegetables.