This evening at approximately 5:40 p.m., an Indiana State Police Capitol Officer was involved in a two-vehicle accident at 8th Avenue and North 30th Street, in Terre Haute, in which the Capitol Officer was injured. 

The preliminary crash investigation by Trooper Kyle Hall of the Putnamville Post revealed that Shae A. Shelton, age 19, of Terre Haute, IN, was driving a 2013 Chrysler 200 southbound on North 30th Street. 

Shelton failed to observe a 2015 Dodge Charger, traveling westbound on 8th Avenue, driven by Indiana State Police Capitol Officer Charles D. Meneely Jr., 38, also of Terre Haute.  Shelton pulled into the westbound lane of 8th Avenue, directly into the path of Officer Meneely, and was struck by his 2015 Dodge Charger.

The crash impact caused Officer Meneely’s car to spin, coming to rest in the eastbound lane of 8th Avenue.  Shelton’s vehicle left the roadway and came to a stop on the south side of 8th Avenue.  

Officer Meneely was transported from the crash scene, via ambulance, to Union Hospital.  He suffered non-life threatening injuries.  Shelton was not injured from the accident.

Drugs and alcohol are not a factor in the accident.

Trooper Hall was assisted at the crash scene by Putnamville State Police Officers Sergeant Joe Rutledge, Sergeant Kris Fitzgerald, Master Trooper Chip McKee, Master Trooper Todd Brown and Senior Trooper Tim Radar.