The Herald Bulletin

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August 29, 2013

Man who drilled own head still on life support

ANDERSON — A man who publicly attempted to commit suicide by boring a hole in his own head with a power drill on an interstate highway is still in critical condition.

According to Anderson Police Department spokesman Joel Sandefur, Earl Morgan III, a 29-year-old from LaPeer Michigan, was still on life support at St. Vincent Indianapolis on 86th Street as of Thursday evening. The man is still not expected to survive an unexplained suicide attempt on Interstate 69 on Tuesday.

Police received a 911 call that day at about 10:30 a.m. from a witness who saw a 2007 Chevrolet Malibu with Michigan plates drive into a guard rail near the 225 mile marker northbound on I-69. According to the witness, who was an off-duty excise officer, after the car came to a stop, Morgan stepped out of the car, went to the trunk, pulled out a power drill and started drilling his own head behind his right ear.

Morgan was transported by ambulance to St. Vincent Anderson Regional Hospital and then moved by medical helicopter to Indianapolis.

The incident halted traffic on the interstate for several hours, backing up vehicles for a few miles. Both lanes opened for traffic shortly before 2 p.m.

According to Sandefur, Morgan had recently moved to Indianapolis from Michigan. The motives for his actions are still unknown and under investigation.

The Herald Bulletin does not usually report suicide attempts unless they occur in public places.

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