Godfrey Man Under Influence of Cocaine, Pot, Alcohol, Anxiety Meds in Fatal Crash, Police Say

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Madison County Sheriff's Office
Jacob Fickle, under the influence of...a lot.
When Godfrey, Illinois, resident Jacob Fickle drove his car into a home, killing a 73-year-old man inside, police say he was under the influence of cocaine, marijuana, alcohol and an anxiety prescription called Alprazolam.

The Madison County Sheriff's Office offered new details this week in the January fatal crash -- in which Fickle, 24, forcefully took a car from a family member, drove it straight into a nearby house and then fled on foot to a pub parking lot, where authorities finally located him. He was charged with leaving the scene of the deadly accident as well as misdemeanor domestic battery for the fight with his family.

But with forensic results revealing drugs in his system at the time of the incident, Fickle is facing new, more serious charges this week.

It didn't help that he was also driving with a revoked license.

The sheriff's office says that on January 13 around 10:42 p.m, officials responded to a 911 call for a disturbance at a Mercury Drive home in Godfrey -- and when they arrived they found out that Fickle had battered two of his family members and grabbed the keys to the vehicle in question.

As deputies were conducting an investigation at this home, another 911 call came in about a crash in the same neighborhood on an intersecting street. When officials arrived, they found the vehicle that had been taken -- but Fickle was nowhere in sight.

And when Godfrey fire-department officials checked the residence, they found Marlin Bushnell, 73, had died from the force of the crash, officials say.

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About an hour later, Fickle was found in the parking lot of a bar called the Beer Barrel Pub, where he was taken into custody.

Continue for details on his new charges, a video on the accident and the full report.


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boytoy_99_1999
boytoy_99_1999

Looks like this guy covered all the bases. I see the idiots are on here trying to blame it on marijuana. What a joke.

Casey Kohler
Casey Kohler

Well, for starters, you are a completely different person than me and only assume I smoke weed. Whether I do or not, present or pass tense, isn't your business. But when you just try and deny everything I say without factual evidence, you're just stating your opinion. I don't have a bunch of a skeevie druggie friends, thank you very much. All of my friends are successful and doing just fine, especially the pot smokers, in fact I'm almost sure your inability to embrace that, is you and your own friends failures, where mine have succeeded. How mature is it that you comment on my life when you know nothing about it? Mr. Work is for Losers. Pot is no more likely to make you want to do heroin than coffee will make you want to do meth... There is no gateway connection. Don't lie to yourself. And if you want to troll, fall under a bus, it's healthier. I never defended a murderer, you lack intelligence obviously or comprehension skills, at the least. You can ask 100's of thousands of non-pot smokers that aren't simple-minded retards, that will tell you the same thing I just told you. I was just talking to a cop tonight about the $80,000 we waste on locking people up with health/drug problems instead of curing or treating those problems like they should be. Anyways, back to my meditation. Good luck with your life, bullshit aside.

Kevin Rudroff
Kevin Rudroff

I too was once like you and believed pot was the answer to everything and was completely harmless. One day I realized that everyone I knew who defended pot in the same way had moved onto many other destructive drugs and lifestyles but would still argue to others that it was a harmless drug. Unlike you one day I woke up and actually matured

Kevin Rudroff
Kevin Rudroff

You know how many people I see daily sitting in traffic all around the St.Louis area smoking weed and thinkn they're being sly? Your defending a guy being charged with vehicular manslaughter because you like to get stoned. That's mature? And an individuals drug problem is also a problem everyone's responsible for in your eyes? Is that mature as well? Letting a DRUG direct your opinions and lifestyle. Guess that's up there on your level of maturity too.

st_louis63104
st_louis63104

Jesus, sitting in your house watching TV and some hopped up hoosier runs you over in his '95 Pontiac. 

Seth Bailey
Seth Bailey

^^^^^ lol pot is cool and all but libertarians are such smug, pseudo-intellectual manchildren

Casey Kohler
Casey Kohler

You can't state he was under the influence of pot, because even in non-avid pot smokers, you can't measure if they are truly high at the moment or whether they just have pot in their system from prior use. He very well could have just smoked pot, but let's be honest, is pot really the factor in why he crashed into a 73-year old mans home and killed an old man. Or was it the cocaine, anxiety meds, and alcohol triple combo, all of which are known for killing thousands of people. Especially in combination. Where's the reality to this gonna come into play? It's the same bullshit with the new DUI laws regarding marijuana in Colorado. I wonder how the new marijuana DUI arrest data will correlate with safe driving data? Let's look at those numbers when they are released. Then maybe we'll realize, people that are too high to drive, aren't driving.... They realize this, they make the connection, "Oh shit, I can't function behind the wheel right now, it's probably not safe to drive, therefor, I shouldn't be." People that snort cocaine, drink alcohol, or are whacked out on anxiety meds don't correlate this. They have no recognition of these things. It's time we stop abusing this drug war, and treating it, like the disease that it is. We don't lock diseases up, we cure them. That should be human nature, or as nature says, we die. Ok, rant done. But I hope my opinion, or factual evidence is of value. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dw1HavgoK9E

KITTY
KITTY

Hmmm. Under the influence of cocaine, alcohol, pot and anxiety meds? WTF! It's Jesse Jackson, Jr.!

boytoy_99_1999
boytoy_99_1999

@Kevin Rudroff please point out where Casey is "defending a guy being charged with vehicular manslaughter because he likes to get stoned."

 If you're going to make baseless accusations you shouldn't do it when the print won't back up your side of the argument. It makes you look like a fool. Well a bigger fool anyway.

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