April 28, 2013

Attacked driver faces charges

Lucas Wilkerson charged for December 2011 crash.

by Caitlin Huston

LOGANSPORT — The 30-year-old Monticello driver who was attacked by another driver in a 2011 crash was arrested Thursday more than a year after the crash.

Lucas Wilkerson was arrested on a warrant for four charges stemming from a Dec. 8, 2011, crash in which he reportedly caused a semi-truck to roll off the road. Witnesses say the driver of the semi-truck, Robert Appleton of Zionsville, physically attacked Wilkerson after the crash. Appleton pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct, a class B misdemeanor, in June 2012.

Wilkerson faces charges of causing serious bodily injury when operating a motor vehicle with a schedule in body, two counts of criminal recklessness, one a class A misdemeanor, and one a class D felony, and a charge of reckless driving.

Wilkerson turned himself in at 6:08 p.m. Thursday at the Cass County Sheriff’s Department.

According to police reports, a witness recorded the accident on Ind. 25 near Clymers and saw Wilkerson attempting to pass four semitrailers and another car in a no-passing zone. Appleton told police that Wilkerson had almost hit him “head-on,” which caused Appleton to move his truck and roll off the roadway.

Police later clocked Wilkerson’s speed at 96 mph.

The crash caused Wilkerson pelvic injuries. His wife suffered head injuries and was air-lifted to the hospital.

Cass County Prosecutor Kevin Enyeart said they were waiting for toxicology results to come back before filing the charges against Wilkerson.

The first charge indicates that there was a controlled substance, meaning a drug regulated by the government, in his body, Enyeart said.

Enyeart said a probable cause hearing was conducted Feb. 19 in Cass Superior Court I and a bench warrant was issued.

Cass County Sheriff Randy Pryor said it took some time to serve the out-of-county warrant on Wilkerson.

He said the sheriff’s department also gave Wilkerson a few days to arrange care for his wife, who is still suffering from injuries from the crash.

“Mr. Wilkerson seems to be taking care of that 24/7 care,” Pryor said.

Wilkerson bonded out of jail Thursday on a $1,000 cash bond.

Wilkerson will have an initial hearing Thursday in Cass Superior Court I.

Caitlin Huston is a staff reporter of the Pharos-Tribune. She can be reached at 574-732-5148 or

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