Noblesville woman, police treated for hypothermia after crash


At approximately 9:27 p.m. Nov. 16, police and firefighters responded to calls of a car driving into a retention pond at Grace Church, 5504 E. 146th St., Noblesville.

Police said based on witness statements and evidence at the scene, the driver of the 2012 Nissan Versa, Melissa Purpura, 34, Noblesville, was traveling eastbound in the parking lot of the church and veered to the right (south), driving into the pond. Police said they don’t know why she drove into the pond.

Four officers – three from the Noblesville Police Dept. and one from the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office – immediately entered the water to rescue Purpura when they arrived at the scene. Firefighters from the Noblesville Fire Dept. then pulled all five people back safely.

Purpura was transported by ground ambulance to Riverview Health in Noblesville and was treated for symptoms of hypothermia.

The officers that entered the water are identified as Sgt. Jordan Granger, Patrolman Matthew Johnston and Patrolman Steven Meyer from the NPD, as well as Deputy Travis Petrie from the HCSO. Granger, Johnston and Meyer were transported to St. Vincent in Carmel and Petrie to Riverview Health for symptoms of hypothermia.

All parties are expected to recover.


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