Alleged drunk driver drives to jail in Bartholomew County

From the BC Sheriff’s Department

On 12/27/2023 at approximately 3:03 AM, Deputy Dylan Prather was pulling out of the secure garage of
the Bartholomew County Jail having just booked an offender into the jail when a silver Jeep entered the
secure lot of the jail. The driver of the Jeep honked the vehicle’s horn and came to a rest inside the
parking lot.

The driver later identified as Stephanie Horn, 58-yo of Columbus, exited her vehicle and staggered
toward Deputy Prather’s patrol vehicle. During the interaction between Deputy Prather and Horn, she
displayed several indicators of intoxication, she also refused to submit to a preliminary breath test.
Horn told deputies that she had come to the jail to bond someone out.

Toward the end of the discussion with deputies, Horn became verbally aggressive and attempted to
walk away from the deputies. Horn was placed in handcuffs however she began to resist deputies, and
at one point kicking a deputy in his leg. Horn was transported to Columbus Regional Hospital and while
there, she kicked a deputy in the shoulder. A search warrant was obtained for a blood draw after which
Horn was transported back to the jail where she was booked on the charges involving allegations of: operating while
intoxicated, reckless driving, resisting law enforcement, battery on a law enforcement officer X2 and
public intoxication. While in the booking process, Horn later provided a preliminary breath sample of
0.165% BrAC. Horn is still being held on a 48hr hold.

This is a preliminary investigation. All persons are innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.

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