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Police arrest Bloomington man for connection to a fatal motorcycle accident

A 36-year-old Bloomington resident was arrested for his alleged involvement in an accident Thursday afternoon that reportedly closed down traffic for three hours.

Travis Wall, a 36-year-old Bloomington resident, was arrested for allegedly driving while intoxicated in connection to a motorcycle accident that killed a Martinsville resident on North Walnut Street on Thursday afternoon.

Russell Stephen, a 50-year-old Martinsville resident, was reportedly ejected from his motorcycle. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Wall has been arrested three times for driving while intoxicated since 2003, according to Monroe County case reports. 

He faces preliminary charges of driving while intoxicated causing death and driving with a suspended license causing death. He was booked into Monroe County Jail on Thursday.

Before the accident, Wall had been driving a 1998 Pontiac Grand Prix southbound on North Walnut Street. He then allegedly crossed the double-yellow center line and collided head-on with Stephen’s motorcycle.

Police said Wall had no visible injuries but was taken to the hospital to give a blood sample for toxicology reports.

Police reported that Wall failed dexterity tests. Bloomington Police Department Captain Steve Kellams said Wall was likely under the influence of methamphetamine.

Kellams said officers are working to obtain a search warrant for Wall’s car. The investigation is ongoing.

Christine Fernando

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