An Ada woman who allegedly tried to jump a bridge was charged with driving under the influence last week.
Jerilene Underwood, 21, was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol causing great bodily injury. Authorities said Underwood was driving a vehicle on County Road 3610 (Lovelady Road) when she crashed into a creek Sept. 23 at 1:49 a.m.
“(Underwood) drove around the first set of road closed barricades that completely blocked the road and then struck the second set of barricades,” Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper Alan Fortner said in a court affidavit. “(She) then attempted to jump the creek in her car, but instead impacted the north side of the creek bank about two feet below the top of the paved portion of the road where the bridge had been removed. The suspect’s car then slid down into the water below.”
Underwood and several passengers, Daniel R. Walker, 20, Jackie Erin Underwood, 26, Jodi Kae Turtle, 24, all of Ada, were taken to Chickasaw Nation Medical Center for head, arm and leg injuries. Fortner said Jackie Underwood suffered many deep lacerations to her head and face which required stitches.
“Gore had an injury to his head, his ear was nearly severed off during the crash and his injuries were going to require surgery,” Fortner said.
Fortner spoke with Jerilene Underwood who reportedly said they had tried to jump the creek where the bridge was out.
“She said the passengers were cheering her on saying, ‘go go go go,’” Fortner said. Jerilene Underwood suffered broken bones and internal injuries and was later taken by medical helicopter to OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City.
“While talking with the suspect and all of the passengers of the car, I noticed a very strong odor of alcoholic beverage on all of them,” Fortner said.