by Caitlin Huston
A fact-finding hearing was continued to Dec.18 for the 35-year-old Zionsville truck driver who is accused of violating his in-home detention after being sentenced for attacking a man after a car crash.
Robert Appleton was sentenced to 60 days of in-home detention for disorderly conduct and a consecutive 180 days of in-home detention for probation violation after he pleaded guilty to attacking Lucas Wilkerson at the scene of a December 2011 car crash. Appleton is accused of violating this sentence by testing positive for drugs.
Police say Appleton pushed and yelled at Wilkerson after his car had almost hit Appleton’s truck head-on. Appleton told investigators at the time that Wilkerson had tried to pass four semitrailers and another vehicle in a no-passing zone.
Appleton pleaded guilty in June to disorderly conduct, a class B misdemeanor, and a probation violation. Appleton had been on probation for battery of a woman at the time of the crash.
He was placed on in-home detention in Boone County on Aug. 10. A court document states that Appleton tested positive for “the illegal consumption of barbiturates.”
Appleton is facing the in-home detention violation in Cass Superior Court II and is represented by attorney Matthew Barrett.
The Dec. 18 hearing will determine Appleton’s bond.
Attorney Stephanie C. Doran of Kokomo withdrew her appearance as Appleton’s attorney on Nov. 5 due to “an irretrievable breakdown in the attorney-client relationship.”
Caitlin Huston is a staff reporter of the Pharos-Tribune. She can be reached at 574-732-5148 or firstname.lastname@example.org.