Driver looks at phone, flips Jeep

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DeKalb crash

A driver said he looked down at his phone before he lost control of his SUV and flipped it in DeKalb County early Friday.

Police and medics were called around 6:45 a.m. Friday to the intersection of C.R. 24 and C.R. 41 in Waterloo on a report of a vehicle crash. Crews arrived to find a 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee in the roadway on its top.

According to a DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department report, 62-year-old Randy K. Barkdull of Fort Wayne was eastbound on C.R. 24 approaching a 90-degree turn onto C.R. 41 in his 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee when he told police he looked down at his phone’s GPS in the passenger’s seat then looked up to see a telephone pole. He said he turned to the north but drove left of center and ran off the left side of C.R. 41.

He then over-corrected and his Jeep rolled over onto its top in the middle of the roadway.

Barkdull suffered a contusion to his head on the left side. He was taken to a local hospital, where he was treated and released.

Police said he was wearing his seatbelt.

The Jeep sustained an estimated $5,000 in damage, police detailed.

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