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MOORESVILLE, IND. (WISH) – Mooresville police arrested an Indianapolis man on Tuesday and charged him with driving while intoxicated against a 15-year-old Mooresville high school student who was trying to catch the morning bus.

Michael Simpson, 35, was initially charged with driving a vehicle while intoxicated causing grievous bodily harm and possession of paraphernalia of controlled substances. He was being held Tuesday night at Morgan County Jail in Martinsville on $4,000 bond and $1,205 in cash.

Mooresville Metropolitan Police Department Chief Kerry Buckner said the crash happened around 6:50 a.m. Tuesday in the 1200 block of North Indiana Street. The girl who was hit has not been named.

Buckner told News 8: “The vehicle was traveling south on Indiana Street from County Line Road, and the student was crossing the street to get to her bus stop because her bus was there with the flashing yellows and it was coming to a stop.”

The police chief says Simpson did not give in to the flashing yellow lights on the bus or the student on the street. The stop arm was not yet deployed because the bus was not completely stopped.

“She had multiple bruises and abrasions and head trauma. She was transported to Riley (Indianapolis Children’s Hospital). Initially, she was in stable but serious condition,” Buckner said.

The girl is believed to have suffered a fracture, possibly to the pelvis or hip.

A neighbor tells News 8 that she saw the car after the crash, and the front bumper and roof were dented.

Neighbors also say the intersection of North Indiana Street and County Line Road is considered one of the most dangerous four-way stops in the area. Simpson reportedly crossed that intersection just 300 feet before the girl was hit.

Buckner said: “They did a portable breath test and it tested 0.12 which is quite high. (A rate of) 0.08 is the limit here in Indiana. He also had paraphernalia indicating that he may have been smoking marijuana.

Before being charged, Simpson underwent a drug and alcohol blood test at a hospital.

“The Morgan County District Attorney is a pretty aggressive prosecutor and he has pretty much zero tolerance for operating while intoxicated, especially when you’re running over kids trying to get on the school bus,” Buckner said.

Online court records from Tuesday night did not show formal charges had been filed against Buckner.

The police chief noted that a school crossing guard is still recovering after being hit by a car earlier this year.

“It is worrying. I mean, I have kids, my officers have kids riding the school bus and it’s very concerning,” he said. “If people don’t exercise caution for a school bus, we need to take care of our children.”

Michael Wayne Simpson (photo provided / Morgan County, Indiana, jail)