Mother, Son Charged After Pickup Truck Found in Ditch

A mother and son were charged after police found a truck in a ditch about 1 mile east of Jasper yesterday.

At about 7:50 yesterday morning, Dubois County Sheriff’s deputies were called to an area along State Road 164 at Trainer Lane on a report of a truck in a nearby ditch. Deputies found a 2001 Chevrolet pickup truck that had gone off of the road to the left before going through a yard, hitting a utility support wire and a road sign, and coming to rest in the ditch. The truck also damaged some landscape at a residence in the 1000 block of East State Road 164.

48-year-old Patricia Tomasino of Jasper (who was at the scene) told deputies that she had been driving the truck when a deer caused her to run off of the roadway and crash. Tomasino then left the area while the truck was being towed away by a wrecker. Deputies further found that whoever had been operating the vehicle was injured in the crash.

Then at about 8:30 yesterday morning, deputies went to a residence in the 1100 block of Terrace Avenue and found Tomasino’s son (18-year-old Martin Garcia-Dixon of Jasper). Deputies say Garcia-Dixon suffered a broken nose and cuts to his face in the crash and had been drinking. He was taken to Memorial Hospital by ambulance for treatment.

Garcia-Dixon is facing a Class A misdemeanor for leaving the scene of an injury accident along with a Class C misdemeanor for minor consuming. His BAC was found to be .03 percent. Meanwhile, Tomasino faces a Class B misdemeanor for false informing. Both received summons to appear in court at a later date and both were released at the hospital.

Total damage was estimated at about 5 thousand dollars for the truck, 500 dollars to the utility support wire and pole, 250 dollars to the yard and landscaping, and 100 dollars to the road sign. Memorial Hospital EMS and Uelbehor’s Wrecker Service also assisted.