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Kentucky man charged in fatality/Police arrest three following robbery in Georgetown

DANVILLE — The driver in an October fatal crash has been charged in connection with the accident.
GEORGETOWN — Three people were taken into custody Monday morning after allegedly robbing a Vermilion County convenience store.

Jake Erickson, 23, of Richmond, Ky., was booked at the Public Safety Building jail around 6 p.m. Saturday on a preliminary charge of aggravated DUI – fatality. His bond is set at $100,000.

Erickson was the driver in the Oct. 12 single-vehicle accident that killed 19-year-old Nicole Harris of Westville.

Capt. Rod Kaag, chief investigator for the Vermilion County Sheriff’s Department, said Erickson was arrested by law enforcement in Kentucky on Dec. 17. Vermilion County was contacted on Jan. 3 that Erickson had been through the court process and waived extradition.

The accident happened at 12:26 a.m. Oct. 12 on County Road 1100 North, one-fourth of a mile east of County Road 1460, commonly known as Westville Lane. The 1996 Jeep Cherokee was westbound on 1100 when it failed to negotiate a curve, went out of control and rolled over. The crash totaled the vehicle.

Erickson, according to Kaag, was driving at the time of the crash with a blood-alcohol level of 0.14 percent — more than the 0.08 percent limit in Illinois.

All four people in the vehicle were ejected. Erickson was treated and released from Presence United Samaritans Medical Center while two other passengers were taken for treatment at Carle Foundation Hospital.

Harris was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.

Three arrested after robbery

Georgetown police responded to the armed robbery report around 2:30 a.m. Monday at the Village Pantry in Georgetown. The suspects — who held the store clerk at knife-point — robbed the store of cash and a large amount of cigarettes.

Georgetown Officer Ephriam Bolin was arriving on scene of the robbery when he attempted to check a nearby vehicle. He said the vehicle fled, beginning a pursuit.

The vehicle fled into Indiana where two people inside — a 17-year-old juvenile and Brandon Karaszkiewicz, 19, of rural Georgetown — jumped from the moving vehicle. Both fled on foot while the last passenger inside continued driving.

Bolin said the vehicle continued onto Indiana Route 63 southbound where the final driver — Dillon Cagle, 18, of Bismarck — also attempted to jump from the moving vehicle near Newport, Ind.

Cagle, according to Bolin, suffered a head injury and was taken to Union Hospital in Terre Haute, Ind., for treatment. The vehicle continued forward and ran into a ditch.

Karaszkiewicz and the 17-year-old juvenile were both arrested two hours later in rural Georgetown, with Karaszkiewicz found at his residence, Bolin said, adding they were also treated for minor injuries suffered after jumping from the moving vehicle.

The Village Pantry clerk was not injured in the incident.


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