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Last updated: Fri. Jun. 27, 2014 - 01:07 am EDT

Charges filed in September crash on Winchester Road


A Fort Wayne woman who was involved in a head-on crash in September on Winchester Road now faces five felony charges related to the wreck.

Susan F. Putt, also known as Susan F. Schwartz, 41, of the 5800 block of Meadows Drive, has been charged with criminal recklessness, a Class C felony; criminal recklessness, a Class D felony; operating a vehicle while intoxicated, a Class D felony; possession of cocaine, a Class D felony; and possession of paraphernalia, a Class D felony.

According to a probable-cause affidavit filed in Allen Superior Court, Putt was driving south on Winchester Road at about 4:45 p.m. Sept. 18 when her vehicle ran head-on into a van headed north on the same road. The driver of the van was seriously injured; her granddaughter, a passenger in the van, suffered only minor injuries.

Officers at the scene reported that Putt was very combative as medics attempted to help her. An officer looking in the car for Putt’s identification reported that he found a glass pipe with signs of scorching and a burnt Brillo pad, which court documents described as both being associated with the use of narcotics.

Soon after she arrived at Lutheran Hospital, Putt was downgraded to critical condition. From staff at Lutheran, investigators received a small plastic container that reportedly had been found in the cleft of Putt’s buttocks. The contents of the plastic container field-tested positive for cocaine, according to court documents.

When Putt’s medical records were later obtained by subpoena, they revealed that her blood tested positive for cocaine after the accident, according to court records.

A warrant for Putt’s arrest on the charges was issued by Allen Superior Court.

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