Accident driver arrested on drug allegations

From Local Sources


JASPER — Police arrested one of the drivers when SUVs collided Friday afternoon at Northwood Avenue and Leslie Drive.

Taylor K. Frick, 21, Vincennes, was northbound on Leslie Drive in a 2008 Saturn Vue at the time of the 1:39 p.m. accident, according to the Jasper Police Department.

Police said Frick proceeded onto the Northwood Avenue, failing to yield the right of way to a westbound 2004 Ford Explorer driven by Melinda L. Eckert, 53, Jasper.

After the vehicles collided, police said, the Frick Saturn exited the roadway and struck a City of Jasper stop sign and street sign.

Numerous witnesses at the scene advised that Frick fled the scene on foot carrying a purse. Those witnesses said she returned to the scene a few minutes later without the purse, which police located a block away.

Police allege methamphetamine, marijuana and a modified ink pen with white powdery residue were located in the purse.

Authorities booked Frick into the Dubois County Security Center at 5:11 p.m. on preliminary charges that included a Level 6 felony count of methamphetamine possession and misdemeanor counts of possession of marijuana, possession of paraphernalia and operator never licensed. She was also cited for failure to yield the right of way. She posted bond Saturday evening.

Both drivers declined treatment at the scene, according to authorities.

Damage was estimated at $10,000 to the Frick Saturn and $4,000 to the Eckert Ford.

A Sternberg Automotive Group wrecker and Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services assisted.

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