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Trucker might face drunk driving charges after crash

Indiana drivers are undoubtedly aware that law enforcement is always on the lookout for drivers who might be under the influence. While many of these drunk driving charges stem from a traffic stop after the officer saw the driver make a questionable maneuver in the vehicle or at a checkpoint, some arrests come after a relatively nondescript incident that is initially believed to have simply been an accident. That does not lessen the charges. If it is a commercial driver who is arrested, the problems are compounded because it can affect the person's employment.

An accident in which a truck crashed on the interstate and dumped granular fertilizer as it overturned is believed to have been caused by a drunk truck driver. The incident happened at 8:30 a.m. The driver, a 55-year-old male, ran off the road and hit a guardrail, overturning and spilling the cargo. Law enforcement investigated and saw that the driver showed signs of being impaired. He was uninjured in the accident and was taken for a blood test to determine if he was under the influence. It was not yet known whether he was intoxicated, but charges might be filed. Since fertilizer was spilled near the creek, environmental crews are overseeing the cleanup.

There are many penalties when a person is arrested and convicted on drunk driving charges. Depending on the circumstances, there can be jail time, hefty fines and the loss of driving privileges. For a commercial driver, this can be substantially worse because a conviction can affect his or her ability to drive for work. This multiplies the charges and can severely harm a person's life, their freedom and their job. Having legal assistance is necessary to try and avoid this.

The driver of a truck might face charges for driving under the influence after a crash in which he flipped his vehicle and spilled his cargo. Law enforcement is still investigating the case. Even before he is charged, he must make certain to protect himself and his job by discussing the case with a legal professional experienced in helping clients charged with drunk driving.

Source:, "Police: Trucker Possibly OWI When Semi Spilled Fertilizer," Mike Perleberg, Dec. 1, 2017

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