Additional Charges for Godfrey Man in House Crash


A Godfrey man faces four additional charges for crashing into a house in January, killing a man inside, and was under the influence of marijuana, cocaine, anxiety medication, and alcohol.

Jacob Fickle, age 24, was charged Tuesday with four felony counts of aggravated driving while under the influence and resulting in death. Toxicology reports of samples taken from Jacob Fickle were completed earlier this month, and the new charges are the result of those tests.

Jacob Fickle was previously charged with leaving the scene of a traffic accident that resulted in death, which is a felony. He also was charged with domestic battery for reportedly beating two people, and he was issued with traffic citations for allegedly driving when his license was revoked and for failing to reduce speed to avoid a crash.

The man who was killed was Marlin “Bud” Bushnell of Godfrey.

Sheriff’s deputies received a call about a disturbance the night of January 13th at the home of Bushnell. A few minutes later, they received a 911 call about a crash on Saturn Drive. Authorities said that Fickle had gotten into a quarrel at the home on Mercury Drive, grabbed the keys to an SUV, drove off and crashed into Bushnell’s house.

Bushnell was believed to have been sitting in a chair in his living room when the SUV crashed through the front door about 10:45 p.m. He was found dead underneath the car and police said that the drive fled the scene of the crash.

About 40 minutes later, police arrested Fickle at the parking lot of Beer Barrel Pub on Montclair Avenue.



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