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ISP: Trucker charged with OWI in I65 accident

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A trucker was arrested Sunday on a charge of operating while intoxicated after he reportedly fell asleep behind the wheel in a one-vehicle accident on I-65, the Indiana State Police said.

According to police, at 12:03 p.m. Donald J. Hagen, 52, of Saint Peters, Mo., was southbound on I-65, at the 254 mile marker north of the Merrillville exit, when, he later advised, he “dozed off,” hit a highway information sign, left the interstate, then traveled down an embankment, went through a fence, and came to rest in a field upright.

Open and unopened alcohol containers were found a short distance from the semi, however, and Hagen later admitted to throwing them there, police said. Hagen also admitted to consuming alcohol the night before, police said.

Hagen--who was treated at the scene for minor cuts--subsequently registered a blood alcohol content of .09 percent, police said. Motorists in Indiana are considered legally intoxicated when they score a B.A.C. of .08 percent or higher.

Hagen was transported to Lake County Jail on charges of operating while intoxicated, driving fatigued, and possession of alcohol in a commercial motor vehicle, police said.

Hagen was driving for Schneider National Carrier of Green Bay, Wis., and was hauling 17,000 pounds of empty tin cans. There was no load loss.

The right lane of southbound I-65 was closed for approximately three hours for investigation of the crash and removal of the semi.


Posted 1/20/2014