Police are still looking for the occupants of a 2021 Jeep Wrangler after the vehicle was crashed at Fairview and 11th around 12:45 p.m. early Thursday morning.
The Jeep was left inverted on its side after the driver lost control hit a utility pole leaving powerlines across the intersection east of the concrete train bridge at W. 11th and Fairview.
The collision knocked out power for over 1000 Duke Energy customers.
A witness in the area described the collision to the police. The witness saw the Jeep traveling west on 11th after disregarding the stop sign at Rogers and 11th. The Jeep then continued to travel at a high rate of speed before the witness heard a loud crash. The witness drove to the scene and watched two white males, and a white female (who they said are college-aged) exit the vehicle, and leave the scene. The three individuals fled on foot heading south on Fairview.
Police told The Bloomingtonian when first responders approached the abandoned vehicle the interior smelled strongly of alcohol. Members of the Bloomington Fire Department, who responded to the scene, worked to mitigate the vehicle fluids running into a nearby storm drain.
Police still don’t know who was in possession of the vehicle at the time of the collision. The 2021 Jeep Wrangler was brand new and had a paper temporary license plate. The Mooresville address listed for the plate does not appear to be valid, according to the police. So, the registered owner has also not yet been located.