Trucker Accused Of DUI On I-74
By Mike Perleberg
(West Harrison, Ind.) – A flatbed truck driver was arrested Thursday morning for allegedly drunk driving on Interstate 74.
At about 7:40 a.m., an Indiana State Police Motor Carrier Inspector was checking semi trucks for weight and safety compliance at the interstate weigh station in West Harrison. A 2001 Volvo tractor pulling a flatbed trailer crossed the scales.
The inspector noticed that the driver of the truck was having trouble parking the vehicle correctly on the scale to obtain its weight. After weighing in, the driver was asked to park the vehicle in a parking lot at the station and come to the scale house with a license and paperwork.
The driver, George Stephenson, 62, of Charleston, West Virginia, came to the scale house, but forgot the paperwork. The inspector noticed that Stephenson allegedly had the smell of alcohol on his breath. A trooper at the station investigated and agreed.
The trooper checked Stephenson’s truck and inside found a cooler with beer and vodka inside. State police say that is a violation of Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations.
Stephenson was transported to the Dearborn County Law Enforcement Center where a certified breath test showed he allegedly had a BAC of .09, just over Indiana’s legal driving limit of .08.
Stephenson was charged with Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated and Violation of Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations. He remains held in jail.