Arrest follows detached-trailer crash

From Local Sources


OAKLAND CITY — Police made a drug-related arrest Wednesday after investigating a crash involving a detached trailer hitting a vehicle.

Maklaine Conner, 23, Petersburg, was northbound on State Road 57 in a 2008 Chevrolet Tahoe when the 1 p.m. accident occurred north of State Road 64 near Oakland City’s Diplomat Motel, according to Indiana State Police.

Police say Conner observed a detached trailer traveling south. It crossed the centerline and, after a collision, Conner’s vehicle became airborne and rolled over onto a State Road 57 guardrail.

Conner was checked by EMS but declined medical attention at the scene, police said.

The driver of the 2002 Toyota truck that the trailer detached from was identified as Jarrod L. Bruce, 47 Oakland City.

Police who determined the trailer’s safety chains were not being used noticed Bruce displaying signs of impairment. State police say he failed field sobriety testing and, 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 Bruce was under the influence of methamphetamine, according to state police.

Authorities booked Bruce into the Gibson County Jail on preliminary charges of Level 6 felony possession of methamphetamine and misdemeanor operating while intoxicated (drugs) and possession of paraphernalia.

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