Fairfield Ledger

Neighbors Growing Together | Apr 24, 2014


Jan 27, 2014

Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office investigated an accident at 10:39 p.m. Friday at the BP gas station in Batavia. According to witnesses, James E. Griffin, 41, of Roseville, Ill., driving a 1998 International semitrailer was legally parked at the gas station. Thomas Allen Helmick, 48, of Batavia, driving a 1995 Ford F-150 pickup truck, backed into the driver’s side of the semi, then drove around the trailer and struck the semi in the passenger side; backed up, pulled forward and struck the semi in the same spot then fled the scene before law enforcement arrived. Helmick was arrested at his home at 12:02 a.m. Saturday, charged with second-degree criminal mischief and driving vehicle while suspended, revoked, canceled or denied. Estimated damages included $1,500 to the semi and $500 to the pickup.

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