ALBION, Ind. (WANE) Just before 1:00 am Sunday the Noble County Sheriff’s Department received a call regarding a person who had been involved in a vehicle crash on St. Road 9 near River Road. The called told authorities they had seen a woman with blood on her fleeing the scene.
When police arrived they found a green Isuzu Rodeo that had hit a guard rail and flipped over on its side. They immediately began looking for the driver.
Shortly after they found Jamie Derkatsch of Fort Wayne hiding behind a garbage can at a home on South Orange Street in Albion.
Derkatsch appeared intoxicated and had visible injuries from the accident according to police
Investigation determined that Derkatsch had been driving the Izuzu southbound on St Rd 9 when for unknown reasons she went off the west side of the road and struck the guardrail. The impact caused heavy damage to the guardrail as well as the Izuzu. Further investigation revealed that upon fleeing from the scene, Ms. Derkatsch had entered a residence on South Orange St. in Albion and woke the homeowner who was asleep in the living room. She pleaded with the homeowner to help her avoid getting arrested. The homeowner did not know Derkatsch and made her leave immediately. A short time later she was found hiding by the garbage outside the residence.
Criminal charges related to Residential Entry, Driving While Suspended, Operating While Intoxicated and Leaving the Scene of an accident are expected to be sent to the Noble County Prosecutor’s office for review.
Assisting the Noble County Sheriff Department at the scene were the Albion PD, Albion Fire Dept and Noble County EMS.