GreeneStreets. Feature photo of a back country road in Greene County, Indiana. Courtesy of Nick Schneider.

UPDATED: Cat in a bag blamed for distracting driver in rollover crash

UPDATE: The cat survived the crash without injury. Late Wednesday, Deputy Carpenter said the cat is fine. In fact, he took the cat into his air conditioned patrol car while they were on the scene. A cool cat. Thanks to all who sent messages or commented with concerns about the cat, and thanks to Deputy Carpenter for taking care of the cat and responding to my request for info.

A Linton teen apparently escaped serious injury when he lost control and his vehicle rolled north of Linton on Wednesday. It happened when he tried to put a cat back in a bag.

Photo courtesy of Greene County Sheriff’s Department

Photo courtesy of Greene County Sheriff’s Department

Michael Lowell, 17, Linton was the driver of a 2009 Subaru Forester headed eastbound on County Road 200 North when the accident occurred in the area of County Road 1175 West.

Deputy James Carpenter of the Greene County Sheriff’s Department, the investigating officer, responded to the scene along with personnel from the Greene County Ambulance Service, Linton Police Department and Linton Fire Department plus Recovery Plus Towing.

Deputy Carpenter reported Lowell’s only passenger was a cat in a mesh pet carrier in the front passenger seat. When the cat started to get out of the carrier bag, Lowell attempted to put the cat back in the bag but he ran off the south side of CR 200 North.

The Subaru overturned at least once.

Lowell was not reported to be injured, however, he was transported to Greene County General Hospital as requested by a parent.

No further information was released about the status of the cat.