FOWLER, Ind. (WLFI) — A woman has been charged in Benton County after prosecutors said she went on a joyride that led to a town-wide boil order in Fowler. A person in the car with her said she was drunk during the crash.
Hannah Wilkinson, 22, was arrested for the Aug. 11 incident. Prosecutors said Wilkinson was doing donuts in a Main Street parking lot about 3:10 a.m. before she went off the road and hit a fire hydrant. Police were called and found that an underground water line was ruptured. It had a "massive amount of water" flowing from it, flooding the roadway and car, according to court documents.
A witness said he watched two women run from the vehicle. Police did not find the women that night.
About a month later, police interviewed the passenger of the car who said Wilkinson had a bottle of vodka with her and was "pretty much obliterated." The passenger said Wilkinson nearly crashed three times during the joyride.
The investigation showed Wilkinson's driver's licence was suspended prior to the crash and she was driving the car with false registration.
Damages cost the Town of Fowler $1,800. According to court documents, the repair caused the town to issue a boil order "costing all food service businesses to lose money for three days because their pop and coffee machines use the water."
Wilkinson is charged with criminal mischief, driving while suspended and leaving the scene of an accident.