Gordon Facing Criminal Charges After Vehicle Accident Resulting In Serious Injury
By Liz Shepherd
MILFORD — An Etna Green man was recently arrested after a serious vehicle accident involving an individual being flown to a South Bend hospital for injuries he sustained.
Dustin Eugene Gordon, 32, 210 S. Main St. Lot 9, Etna Green, is charged with causing serious bodily injury while operating a vehicle with a controlled substance in the body, a level 5 felony; and possession of a narcotic drug, a level 6 felony.
On Oct. 29, 2022, a Milford Police officer responded to a two-vehicle accident on SR 15, near Turkey Creek Drive. Involved in the accident were Gordon, who was driving a 2015 Chevrolet Cruze; and Jonathan Connolly, who was driving a 2003 Volkswagen.
According to court documents, Ligonier Police Department’s assistant chief said Gordon was traveling north on SR 15 when his vehicle crossed the center line and hit Connolly’s vehicle. Connolly had to be extricated from his vehicle and was airlifted to South Bend Memorial Hospital. He sustained a broken arm, possible damage to his aorta, and a broken, dislocated hip.
Gordon complained of back pain after the accident. The Milford officer noticed Gordon was exhibiting signs of intoxication. Upon searching Gordon’s person, the officer found a piece of paper containing fentanyl, a narcotic drug, inside Gordon’s sock.
After the accident, Gordon was taken to Lutheran Kosciusko Hospital, with a certified chemical test showing Gordon had marijuana, a schedule I controlled substance, in his blood. Additional testing for fentanyl is pending.
Gordon told the officer he had used fentanyl earlier in the day and that there was only residue left on the paper.
For this case, Gordon was booked in the Kosciusko County Jail on March 10, 2023.