Crime

August 9, 2014

Police: Motorist finds drunken trucker stopped on Illinois 162

A passing motorist is credited with possibly averting a serious crash when he stopped to find out why a tractor-trailer with the left turn signal still blinking was stopped in the eastbound lane of Illinois 162.

The passerby was initially concerned that the truck driver may have had a medical emergency when he first spotted the stopped vehicle about 9 a.m. Saturday, according to Illinois State Police spokesman Trooper Calvin Dye Jr.

"But after talking to him he realized he had slurred speech and called our dispatcher," Dye said.

The driver was arrested and charged with DUI, Dye said. He was taken to the Madison County Jail but his name was not released pending arraignment.

The trucking firm was identified as Newman Trucking Inc. of Edwardsville.

"He was in the right place at the right time, and he did the right thing," Dye said of the driver who stopped to check what was wrong.

"He possibly saved somebody's life because the tractor-trailer driver could have started up again and kept on driving."

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