By: Patti Weaver
(Stillwater, Okla.) — A Cushing teenager was arraigned Tuesday on a felony charge accusing him of leaving the scene of an accident in Cushing at Wilson and Maple Streets that injured two women on March 1.
Jacob Trent Anderson, 19, who was also accused of driving without a license, remains free on $1,000 bond pending an April 6 court appearance on the two-count charge.
Anderson was arrested by Cushing Police Officer Sara Reynolds, who followed a trail of fluid on the road that led to his residence, an affidavit alleged.
The officer had been sent at 7:46 pm on March 1 to the area of Wilson and Maple Streets regarding a hit and run accident involving a Ford Explorer, an affidavit alleged.
When the officer arrived, she first checked on the victims, who said they were okay, and that the vehicle left going south on Wilson Street, the affidavit alleged.
At Anderson’s residence, “I looked in the driveway and saw a red Ford Explorer parked and observed individuals looking out the window at me.
“I stepped out of my vehicle and instantly smelled an odor of burnt vehicle fluid.
“I proceeded up the driveway and saw damage to the front end of the vehicle,” the officer alleged in her affidavit.
As the officer was going up the driveway, Anderson, his girlfriend, and his mother “came walking out of the house. I introduced myself and asked what happened,” the officer wrote in her affidavit.
“Anderson immediately stated it was him and that he was goofing around. I asked Anderson if he was aware he hit another vehicle and he stated he was…Anderson then stated he did not have a driver license,” the officer alleged in her affidavit.
“Dispatch advised Anderson did not have a license and possibly a city of Cushing warrant. Once Anderson’s warrant was verified, he was then placed under arrest.
“While placing Anderson into handcuffs, I could smell the odor of alcohol on his person,” the officer alleged in her affidavit.
Anderson’s relative said that he “had returned home after the accident and drank one beer,” the affidavit alleged.
The officer was later advised that two women “were admitted into the Hillcrest Hospital in Cushing with minor injuries caused from the collision,” the affidavit alleged.
If convicted of leaving the scene of a personal injury accident, Anderson could be incarcerated for 10 days to two years and fined $50 to $1,000, court records show.
If also convicted of driving without a license, Anderson could be given a 30-day jail term plus a fine of $50 to $300, court records show.