Update – Truck Hits Camper Trailer, Causes Gas Leak – Driver Arrested after Falsely Reporting Truck StolenOctober 18th, 2012 by Joe Burgess
The driver of this Dodge 4 door pick-up lost control of his southbound vehicle, on HWY 425 North near the HWY 35 bypass around 11 pm Friday night, causing the vehicle to spin, before crossing the roadway, and crashing into a camper trailer in a nearby yard.
Drew County deputies and Monticello Police resonded to the scene, to check for victims, but not in time to find the driver, who fled the scene on foot.
The Dodge struck the 42 foot Premier camper hard enough to knock it off of it’s blocks, causing it to land on a Centerpoint Energy gas meter, that was surrounded by a large pipe enclosure.
Monticello Firefighters responded, due to the gas leak, and Centerpoint was notified. Dan’s Towing was called to remove the Dodge from the newly widened camper door.
UPDATE 0 Shortly after the accident, dispatch received a call from a Jeremy A. Johnson stating that the truck had been stolen from his property. The investigation of the accident concluded on Tuesday, October 16th, with the arrest of Jeremy A. Johnson, age 28 of Monticello. Johnson was arrested and charged with driving on a suspended license, careless and prohibitive driving, leaving the scene of an accident, and filing a false police report.