Ferdinand woman charged in fatal crash

Herald Staff Writer

JASPER — Authorities allege the driver of an SUV that crashed Tuesday night east of the Bretzville Junction, killing two, was driving recklessly and operating while under the influence of a controlled substance.


Carlishia Dooley, 20, of East State Road 264, Ferdinand, was arrested Monday on a warrant charging her with two Class C felony counts of driving while under the influence of a controlled substance causing death and two Class C felony counts of reckless homicide, according to the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department. She has also been cited for driving while suspended.

Dooley was the driver in a 6:10 p.m. crash along State Road 64, just east of State Road 162, that killed 28-year-old Eric M. Bureau of Dale and 20-year-old Jessica L. Morgan of Birdseye.

A preliminary investigation by the sheriff’s department indicated a 2006 Mercury Mountaineer driven by Dooley was eastbound on State Road 64 at a high rate of speed when the accident occurred.

Dooley lost control of the vehicle east of State Road 162 and the SUV hit a guardrail on the south side of the road. The Mountaineer then went down an embankment, struck and broke a large cedar tree and possibly overturned before stopping on its wheels. Both Bureau and Morgan eventually were pronounced dead at the scene by the Dubois County Coroner’s Office.

Police said the toxicology results at the core of the charges were preliminary in nature. Authorities declined at this time to reveal the substance in Dooley’s system.

Authorities booked Dooley into the Dubois County Security Center at 6:56 p.m. Police said she is being held without bond until a future court date that has yet to be set.

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