HENRY COUNTY, Ind. - State troopers said they put a semi driver behind bars Wednesday morning after he was found driving drunkenly and unsafely on the interstate.
Indiana State Police said at 9 a.m. Wednesday a state police sergeant was eastbound on Interstate 70 when he saw a semi (also eastbound) speeding and following another semi too closely. ISP said following too closely is one of the leading causes of crashes in Indiana.
ISP stopped the semi, which was pulling a fully loaded box trailer, just west of the New Castle exit on I-70. The sergeant said the driver, Boris Carlos, 51, of Rochester, N.Y., was operating the 80,000-pound vehicle while drunk.
ISP said the truck and its cargo were impounded and Carlos was booked in to the Henry County Jail on preliminary charges of operating while intoxicated, a Class A misdemeanor, and public intoxication, a Class B misdemeanor. Carlos also got tickets for following too closely and speeding.
Investigators said “this traffic stop is another unfortunate reminder that impaired drivers are not just a late night ‘phenomenon.’ They can be found on the roadways anytime, day or night.”
ISP said drivers should report suspected impaired drivers by calling 911. Give a vehicle description, location and direction of travel, but never follow an impaired driver.