Local man arrested after causing crash, then driving away

Kevin Groover; photo courtesy of Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Dept.

A local man was arrested on multiple charges after fleeing a traffic crash Sunday night.

Bartholomew County Sheriff’s responded to a personal injury crash shortly after 10 p.m. in the 12000 block of 25th Street. Authorities say a woman was driving when 42-year-old Kevin Groover Jr., of Columbus, grabbed the steering wheel and caused the crash. The driver sustained injuries during the crash and was transported to Columbus Regional Hospital.

Authorities say that Groover then jumped into the driver’s seat and fled the scene in the wrecked vehicle. A deputy located the vehicle and stopped Groover in the 3000 block of North State Road 9. He was arrested on preliminary charges of Operating a Motor Vehicle while Intoxicated-Endangerment and Resisting Law Enforcement

Groover has since been released.