A McMinnville resident has been hit with drug charges after the dumptruck he was driving ran off the road and flipped as he was returning to Warren County.
According to Highway Patrol Sgt. Jimmy Jones, Donald Jeffery Hobbs, 54, has been charged with possession of meth, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of pills without a prescription. Sgt. Jones said a mandatory blood test was taken at the wreck site and that sample has been sent off for evaluation.
The crash occurred Thursday on Highway 30 as Hobbs was returning to McMinnville from Spencer. The crash happened in Van Buren County, meaning the charges against Hobbs have been filed there.
According to Jones, the dumptruck initially ran off the right side of the road, re-entered the roadway, and then ran off the right side again. The dumptruck smashed into a concrete driveway culvert, became slightly airborne, traveled down a deep ditch, and eventually overturned.
“He told me a tire blew, but I saw no evidence of that,” said Jones. “It looks like he was coming around a curve and he failed to straighten it out. I think he had been hauling rocks, but the truck was empty at the time.”
On its way to overturning, the dumptruck hit a utility pole with such force it yanked the wires from a nearby house and barn, causing considerable damage to both structures.
Sgt. Jones said Hobbs was wearing a seatbelt, although he was transported to River Park Hospital for treatment of broken bones.
A lifelong trucker, Hobbs could have his commercial driver license revoked if convicted of the charges against him, Sgt. Jones noted.