Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office responded to an accident at 12:03 a.m. Friday in Batavia. A white 1997 Ford F-150 pickup struck a utility pole in the 900 block of Third Street, Batavia. The vehicle left the scene and was stopped in the 800 block of Third Street. A witness identified Jacob Walker Nordyke of Batavia as the driver. He was found standing by the vehicle when deputies arrived. A passenger from the truck Bette Marie McNabb was located hiding under a nearby utility trailer. Nordyke was arrested by the Iowa State Patrol for operating while intoxicated, first offense.
Jefferson County sheriff deputies charged Nordyke with failure to maintain control and no proof of insurance. An estimated $1,000 damage was done to the utility pole.