Press release

A car vs. motorcycle accident that injured a Hope man, led to the arrest of a driver accused of driving while intoxicated. 

On Sunday, June 30th, 2019 at around 9:45 a.m. officers of the North Vernon Police Department were dispatched to a two-vehicle accident with injuries involving a passenger car and a motorcycle. The accident occurred at South State street and W. College street in North Vernon.
The driver of the motorcycle, Michael D. Harden, of Hope, IN, was ejected from the motorcycle when the driver of the passenger car, Aaron P. Malan, 44, of North Vernon, turned in front of the motorcycle.

Officers arrived and began administering aid as well as conducting an accident investigation. Officer Seth Beville was speaking with Malan about the details of the accident. While speaking with Officer Beville, Malan attempted to consume unknown items. Officer Beville and other officers were able to successfully remove the item, a white prescription bottle cap. The cap had a mixture of saliva and yellow residue. 

Malan was detained and a criminal investigation was conducted.

According to witness statements, Malan had consumed a handful of something unknown prior to officers arriving. Several yellow pills were also located scattered in the area near the vehicle and where Malan was detained. The pills were identified as Clonazepam, a schedule 4 controlled substance. Marijuana and drug paraphernalia were located on Malan’s person. Malan also admitted to the use of Marijuana and Narcotics prior to the accident.

Malan was transported to the Jennings St. Vincent Emergency room where he was seen by medical staff and a blood draw was completed. Harden was flown to a medical facility to be treated for his injuries.

Aaron P. Malan, 44, of North Vernon is charged with:

• Operating a motor vehicle under the influence of a controlled substance.
• Resisting Law Enforcement. .
• Obstruction of Justice.
• Possession of Marijuana
• Possession of Paraphernalia
• Legend Drug Deception
• Possession of a Schedule 4 Controlled substance