Driver who crashed truck charged with felonies

A Bloomington man faces two felonies after Indiana State Police reported he stole a vehicle and crashed it on Country Club Road while high on drugs Dec. 5.

Jesse I. Richardson, 28, was flown by a medical helicopter to Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital after he crashed a blue service truck through a fence and struck a tree.

Richardson had a compound fracture to his ankle. A witness reported that it appeared his foot was missing, according to a probable cause affidavit by Indiana State Police Trooper Chris Griggs.

Griggs reported that Richardson was speeding on Country Club Road and was unable to navigate a curve, then hit the fence and tree.

The truck owner told police he had parked it in a parking garage on North Lincoln Street in Bloomington and he left the keys in it at around 4 p.m. that day. The accident in Brown County occurred at around 5 p.m.

A witness told police that Richardson told her several times that the truck was stolen. He also told medics and Brown County Sheriff’s Deputy Scott Bowling that he had stolen the truck, according to the affidavit.

While searching for Richardson’s ID in a backpack in the truck, Bowling reported finding a syringe in one of the pockets.

Griggs said Richardson had needle marks on both of his arms, and that Richardson admitted to medics that he had used heroin, methamphetamine and suboxone.

He was charged Jan. 9 with auto theft, a Level 6 felony; unlawful possession of a syringe, a Level 6 felony; operating a vehicle while intoxicated — endangering a person, a Class A misdemeanor; and operating a vehicle with Schedule I or II controlled substance or its metabolite in the body, a Class C misdemeanor.