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State Police continue to target overweight semi trucks

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Overweight semi trucks, especially this time of year--when the frost beneath road surfaces is thawing--cause damage to Hoosier roadways, the Indiana State Police said.

Which is prompting the ISP’s Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division to target overweight trucks.

Two more have been impounded, police said.

According to police, at 9:57 a.m. Tuesday Trooper Nedal Nabhan stopped Brian D. Dykhouse, 60, of Gary, on U.S. Highway 20 near Old Hobart Road in Portage, after the two steel coils on his Dykhouse’s flatbed appeared to be “pinching” the trailer’s tires.

A portable scale was dispatched to the scene, which showed the load to be overweight by 53,350 pounds, more than 60 percent heavier than the maximum load of 80,000 pounds, police said.

Dykhouse was issued citations for overweight load and log-book violations, he was placed out of service, and his rig was impounded, police said.

The semi was owned by Haddad International Transport Inc. of Dearborn, Mich.

A second semi-flat bed owned by Haddad International was stopped by Nabhan on Friday and was also found to be overweight by 49,100 pounds, police said. Trucker Carl M. Devault, 62, Whitehouse, Ohio, was cited and the rig impounded, police said.



Posted 3/19/2014