Man Who Drove SUV Into Godfrey House Charged With DUI


Jacob Fickle, 24

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EDWARDSVILLE, IL (KTVI)-More charges have been filed in the case against a Godfrey, IL man who drove an SUV into the front of a house killing the man inside. Jacob L. Fickle, 24, was charged with four felony counts of Aggravated Driving While Under The Influence Resulting In Death.

Around 10:30pm January 13, 2013, Godfrey police got a call for a disturbance in the 200 block of Mercury Drive.  Minutes later there was a 911 call for a vehicle crash into a home in the 100 block of Saturn Drive. Marlin Bushnell, 73, was killed in the crash. He had been sitting in his favorite chair with his cats when the SUV slammed into his house.

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Deputies say the person causing the disturbance on Mercury Drive took a family member’s keys and left the scene in that car. Police say the suspect missed a curve and the vehicle came up through the yard and into Bushnell’s living room.

According to police, the suspected driver of the SUV was identified by family members as Jacob Fickle. He fled on foot after the crash. A short time later, sheriff’s deputies found Fickle in the parking lot of the nearby Beer Barrel Pub on Montclaire Avenue. He was taken in to custody and a search warrant for biological samples was obtained. The samples were sent to the Illinois State Police Forensic Laboratory.

On January 15, 2013, Fickle was charged in Madison County Circuit Court with one felony charge of Leaving The Scene Of A Traffic Accident Resulting In Death. Fickle was also charged with two misdemeanor charges of Domestic Battery in connection with the original disturbance.

On March 7, 2013, results from the analysis of the biological samples taken from Fickle revealed the presence of THC (Cannabis), Cocaine, Alprazolam, and a blood alcohol level in excess of .08.  More charges were then filed.

Bond was previously set at $150,000.00.

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