Driver turns himself in after dragging incident
BLOOMINGTON, Feb 03, 2013 (Herald-Times - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
A Bedford man wanted in connection with dragging a man with his car during a protest held to raise awareness about Bloomington's homeless population has turned himself in at the jail.
Michael E. Webb, 53, was booked into the Monroe County Jail at 8:18 p.m. Friday. He remained at the jail Saturday afternoon on a $1,000 surety, $500 cash bond.
The Monroe County Prosecutor's Office filed three misdemeanor charges against Webb on Friday. The charges include criminal recklessness with the use of a vehicle, battery and disorderly conduct.
The incident happened after a group of protesters, members of Bloomington's homeless population and Shalom Center clients, stopped the flow of traffic on Walnut Street, south of the intersection and crosswalk at First Street, in front of the Shalom Community Center just before 3 p.m. Tuesday.
A Bloomington police investigation determined Webb had been driving north on Walnut Street in a blue Mazda when he encountered demonstrators crossing the street in front of his car. Webb reportedly rolled down his car window and had a verbal exchange with a woman protester.
Thinking that Webb had attempted to strike at the woman, Jeremiah Adams ran to the driver's side of the car.
Webb reportedly punched Adams in the face, grabbed his clothing and drove north on Walnut, dragging Adams with the car, according to the probable-cause affidavit on the case.
Adams fell to the ground and suffered cuts to his hand. Webb sped away from the scene headed east on First Street from Walnut, police said.
Webb, Adams and several other witnesses were interviewed by Bloomington police about the incident.
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