Detached Trailer Collides into Vehicle on SR 57, Driver Arrested for DUI
Gibson County – On April 29, 2020, at approximately 1:00, Indiana State Police responded to a crash on SR 57 north of SR 64 in Oakland City that resulted in one driver being arrested for driving under the influence of methamphetamine and for possession of meth.
Preliminary investigation revealed Maklaine Conner, 23, of Petersburg, was driving her 2008 Chevrolet Tahoe northbound on SR 57 north of SR 64 near the Diplomat Motel when she observed a detached trailer traveling south. The trailer crossed the center line into Conner’s path. After impact with the trailer, Conner’s vehicle became airborne and rolled over onto the guardrail along SR 57. She was checked by EMS but refused medical attention at the scene.
The driver of the truck that the trailer had detached from was identified as Jarrod Bruce, 47, of Oakland City. He was traveling south on SR 57 in his 2002 Toyota when his trailer detached from his truck. It was determined the trailer’s safety chains were not being used.
Police say that Troopers noticed Bruce was displaying signs of impairment at the scene and he failed field sobriety tests. When troopers searched his vehicle they found a clear glass smoking device and two baggies containing methamphetamine. Further investigation at Gibson General Hospital in Princeton revealed he was under the influence of methamphetamine. Bruce was arrested and taken to the Gibson County Jail where he is currently being held on bond.
Arrested and Charges:
- Jarrod L. Bruce, 47, Oakland City, IN
- Possession of Meth, Class 6 Felony
- Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated-Endangerment, Class A Misdemeanor
- Possession of Paraphernalia, Class C Misdemeanor
Arresting Officer: Trooper Jordan Lee, Indiana State Police
Assisting Officers: Sergeant Kylen Compton, Senior Trooper John Davis, and Trooper Hunter Manning.
Assisting Agencies: Gibson County Sheriff’s Office and Oakland City Police