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Trucker With Alleged BAC Of .21 Wrecks On I-74

Posted On July 01, 2014

By Mike Perleberg

A truck driver was allegedly intoxicated when he wrecked his semi off of Interstate 74 at Exit 169 Tuesday morning. It took crews almost four hours to remove the overturned truck. Indiana State Police

A truck driver was allegedly intoxicated when he wrecked his semi off of Interstate 74 at Exit 169 Tuesday morning. It took crews almost four hours to remove the overturned truck. Photo by Indiana State Police.

(Dearborn County, Ind.) – A semi truck driver’s blood alcohol content was allegedly nearly three times the legal limit when he wrecked in West Harrison Tuesday morning.

A 2013 Freightliner semi tractor was heading westbound on Interstate 74 near the West Harrison/Brookville exit when it left the roadway, struck a guardrail, and travelled down a hill between the westbound lanes and the exit ramp, according to Indiana State Police. The semi came to a stop on its side.

The truck was hauling a trailer loaded with orange juice. The driver, Dale C. Watson, 28, of St. Louis, may have been loaded on something a little stronger.

Watson, who was not injured, told a trooper that he must have dozes off at the time of the wreck. However, the trooper detected the odor of alcoholic beverages about Watson.

The trooper took Watson to the Dearborn County Jail where he administered a certified breath test. The result indicated Watson had a BAC of .21.

Watson has been charged with Driving While Intoxicated. He additionally faces a number of federal motor carrier safety regulations.

The exit ramp was closed to traffic for about four hours while crews worked to remove the semi. The crash remains under investigation.

Indiana State Police were assisted at the scene by ISP Motor Carrier Inspectors, Dearborn County Sheriff’s Department, Harrison Fire Department, and Indiana Department of Transportation.

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