Deputies: Hit-and-run semi driver had guns, beer at the ready

Man had driven 3 hours over federal allotted time

BOONE COUNTY, Ind. - Investigators say a semi driver was arrested this week after he hit a pickup truck in an Interstate 65 construction zone, quickly drove away, and was found shortly thereafter with several firearms and chilled beer in his vehicle.

The Boone County Sheriff’s Office said it happened at roughly 11:15 p.m. on Friday at the 143 mile marker on southbound I-65. That’s just a couple of miles north of exit 141 for Lafayette Avenue in Lebanon.

Deputies had been dispatched to a report of a hit-and-run crash. The sheriff’s office said a semi-tractor trailer was traveling in the slow lane of I-65 South and merged over into the fast lane, which was occupied by a pickup truck.

After the collision, deputies said the semi driver left the scene and continued south in the construction zone. But they caught up to him, stopping the vehicle a mile down the interstate.

Deputies said when they searched the semi-tractor trailer, they found three loaded hand guns within the driver’s reach. The driver, Dragisa Cvetic, 62, of Hinsdale, Ill., did not have a concealed carry permit, according to the sheriff’s office.

Deputies said they also found two cases of beer, with one located in a cooler packed with ice.

Furthermore, investigators said they found Cvetic had been driving for three hours over his federal allotted time.

The sheriff’s office said he was arrested on a preliminary charge of possession of handguns in a vehicle without a permit and the case was sent to the county prosecutor’s office for review, and possibly more charges added.

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