Police: Driver left scene after damaging mailbox, field

By BILL POWELL
Herald Staff Writer

IRELAND — Dubois County Sheriff’s Department deputies arrested a Pike County man for allegedly leaving the scene of a property-damage accident Saturday morning west of Ireland.

Police were called to the accident scene in the 2900 block of County Road 750W at 5 a.m., located the wrecked, abandoned 2005 Ford Explorer allegedly involved a couple of miles away on County Road 800W and ultimately arrested the man alleged to have been the driver, Jacob A. Robinette, 23, of 8875 E. State Road 56, Otwell.

Deputies allege Robinette was northbound on County Road 750W, near County Road 200N,  when the SUV struck Susanne Seger’s mailbox at 2292 N. 750W and a utility pole support wire owned by Dubois Rural Electric Cooperative and damaged two rows of corn owned by Bill Wehr, whose address was not immediately available, before leaving the scene.

The abandoned SUV police found on County Road 800W sustained between $1,000 and $2,500 in damage, according to police.

Authorities located Robinette and booked him into the Dubois County Security Center at 10 a.m. on a misdemeanor count of leaving the scene of a property damage accident. He posted bond that evening.

Contact Bill Powell at bpowell@dcherald.com.




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