UPDATE: Driver Allegedly Drunk, High In Fatal Crash
Update posted Tuesday, February 12 at 6:46 a.m.:
Aric A. Shinkle was taken into custody on charges of Reckless Homicide and OVI Monday. Arrest records show Shinkle was booked into jail at the Dearborn County Law Enforcement Center at about 7:46 p.m.
Shinkle could make his initial appearance in court as soon as Tuesday.
Original story posted Monday, February 11 at 11:19 a.m.:
(Aurora, Ind.) – An Aurora man who was allegedly drunk and high when he crashed his truck, killing his passenger, has been charged with Reckless Homicide.
Aurora Police say Aric A. Shinkle, 25, was charged February 7 with Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated Causing Death with a Schedule I Controlled Substance(Class B felony), Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated Causing Death with an Alcohol Concentration of at Least .08% (Class C felony), and Reckless Homicide (Class C felony).
Last November 19, Shinkle, of Aurora, was at the wheel of a 2003 Dodge truck when he wrecked into a home’s front yard on the 100 block of Billingsley Drive. Aurora Police responded to the scene with a report that the vehicle was attempting to leave the scene, but was stuck. The truck was badly damaged after striking several trees.
Shinkle’s passenger, Robert S. Martin, was fatally injured in the violent crash. The 25-year-old South Dearborn High School graduate (Class of 2006) was pronounced dead at Dearborn County Hospital minutes later.
Shinkle was seriously injured and taken to University Hospital in Cincinnati. The extent of his recovery is unclear.
Investigators say the results of a chemical test showed Shinkle tested positive for both alcohol and marijuana at the time of the crash. His blood alcohol content was .126 percent, well above the Indiana legal driving limit of .08.
“A witness reported that Shinkle begged them to not call the police at least a half a dozen times. On one occasion Shinkle asked how much was needed to not get the police to come. Shinkle never asked the witnesses for help or for an ambulance,” said Aurora Chief of Police Bryan Fields.
A warrant has been issued for Shinkle’s arrest. He has not been booked into jail at the Dearborn County Law Enforcement Center as of 11:00 a.m. Monday.