Driver admits after accident to stealing vehicle and drinking

Provided Photo / Michelle Willyard
Provided Photo / Michelle Willyard

CLAY COUNTY, Ind. (WTHI) – Clay County officials report alcohol was a factor in an early morning accident between a truck and a semi.

A passing motorist reported an accident at the intersection of County Road 1100 North and State Road 59 just before 5 a.m. on Wednesday.

Officials state a pick-up truck driven by Michelle Willyard, 41, ran the stop sign and was t-boned by a semi.

When deputies arrived on scene they reported Willyard was stating that she was intoxicated and that she had also stolen the truck she was driving.

At the same time of the accident, the Clay County Sheriff’s Department did receive a call in reference to a stolen truck.

Willyard was transported to St. Vincent Clay for medical treatment and was medically cleared. She was then taken into custody and taken to the Clay County Justice Center without incident.

She is being held on preliminary charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated (OVWI) and theft/receiving stolen property.

Willyard’s bond is set at $7,000. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you confirm your email address and acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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