JNET continues investigation into death of local man

Our news-gathering partners at “The Republic” are reporting that 33-year-old Christopher Purdy of Columbus was found dead in a vehicle at a Taylorsville gas station Friday afternoon and the woman who drove him there was arrested.

The paper is reporting that Bartholomew County Sheriff’s deputies received word of a possible impaired driver in the Taylorsville area. They found the vehicle at a gas station and spoke with the driver, 27-year-old Emily A. Clarence of Columbus. Purdy was a passenger in the vehicle and appeared pale and blue. Purdy was pronounced dead at Columbus Regional Hospital by Coroner Clayton Nolting.

An autopsy was performed and toxicology results are due back in a couple of weeks.

Clarence is facing a preliminary charge of Operating a Vehicle while Intoxicated – Drugs.

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