A wrong-way driver
on the Indiana Toll Road was stopped by a trooper on Friday before he could
cause an accident, the Indiana State Police said.
police, at 10:32 p.m. Trooper Alaa Hamed was eastbound on the Toll Road
when, just east of the Calumet Ave. exit, he observed headlights directly in
front of him. Hamed immediately activated his emergency lights and siren,
prompting the driver of the westbound vehicle to come to “an abrupt stop.”
driver, identified as Charles R. Wireman, 25, of Demotte, proved to be
intoxicated and registered a blood alcohol content over the legal limit of
.08 percent, police said. Wireman was transported to Lake County Jail.
“Safety along our
roadways and our community is our highest goal,” said Lt. Mike Young,
commander of the ISP Toll Road District. “We were lucky to have one of our
troopers be in the right place at the right time to potentially avoid
another senseless tragedy.”