LIMA — Police have released additional details surrounding a multi-car traffic accident that occurred late Saturday afternoon on Elm Street in Lima, as well as the name of a woman arrested on charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated.
According to a report from the Lima Police Department, Samantha Clum, 37, of Lima, was traveling eastbound on Elm Street approaching Woodlawn Avenue at approximately 5:20 p.m. Saturday. Clum was driving erratically, according to the report, and was at times driving in the wrong lane of traffic.
A Lima Police Department officer who was in his personal vehicle witnessed Clum travel through a red traffic light and strike a vehicle operated by Michael Tomlinson, of St. Johns. Tomlinson’s vehicle, in turn, spun into a vehicle driven by Yvonna Norris Steward, of Lima.
Clum’s vehicle traveled eastbound and struck a parked and unoccupied car owned by Taji Pernell before hitting another car owned by Pernell head-on. The impact of that crash sent the vehicle crashing into a car owned by Keyara Scurlock, of Lima.
In speaking with Clum, officers noted the woman had slurred speech and “appeared to be under the influence of alcohol or a narcotic,” the report states. Police found a bottle of vodka on the floorboard on the passenger’s side of the vehicle, according to the report.
Clum refused to submit to field sobriety tests and was transported to the police department for booking. She was charged with OVI with priors and for driving in the wrong lane of travel.
She was later released to a family member.
Police said the injured people were not transported to a hospital but may have sought medical treatment on their own.