Truck driver arrested after driving into truck stop employee

No injuries were reported

GIBSON COUNTY, Ind. - A Pennsylvania truck driver was arrested in Gibson County Tuesday after police said he entered a shower facility without paying and then assaulted staff.

According to a police report, Edward Raber, 43, of Sharon, Pa., was confronted by employees of the Pilot Truck Stop East at the intersection of U.S. 41 and Warrenton Road after he allegedly entered a shower facility without paying and defecated in a shower stall.

Truck stop employees said Raber shoved a male employee and exited the building. That employee, and two others, then walked outside and began taking pictures of Raber's 2000 Peterbilt tractor-trailer and its license plate.

Witnesses told police that Raber drove away, but returned within seconds, driving directly toward the three employees.

Two employees were able to jump out of the way, but the same employee who was shoved earlier, was struck with the truck’s front bumper. He was knocked to the ground, but refused medical attention.

Raber fled the scene southbound on US 41. At approximately 8:00 a.m., Trooper Aaron Kaucher located Raber’s vehicle near I-64 and US 231 where he was arrested without incident. Raber was taken to the Gibson County Jail where he is currently being held on bond.

Raber was charged with criminal recklessness with a vehicle, a Class A misdemeanor, reckless driving, a Class B misdemeanor, battery, a Class B misdemeanor, and trespassing, a Class A misdemeanor. 

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