Hendricks County Flyer, Avon, IN

April 9, 2013

Truck driver’s failure to stop lands him in jail

Staff Writer

— A semi-truck driver’s failure to stop for Indiana state troopers Monday ended with a flat trailer tire and the driver in jail.

At approximately 7:45 p.m., Trooper Daniel Criswell of the Indianapolis District was patrolling Interstate 70 eastbound at the 76 milemarker in an unmarked Dodge pickup. While passing a 2013 Freightliner with a utility trailer, Criswell reported that the tractor-trailer swerved into his lane, nearly striking his truck. Indiana State Police say Criswell activated his emergency lights and siren but the semi continued east swerving and traveling 30 to 40 mph.

ISP reports Trooper Derek Miller deployed stop sticks near the 79 milemarker. One of the trailer tires deflated and the truck stopped at the 80.1 milemarker.

The driver, James Michael Foster, 52, of Mebane, N.C., was found to be under the influence of alcoholic beverages and “Spice” according to investigating troopers.

Foster was transported to the Marion County Processing Center and incarcerated on charges of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, class A misdemeanor, and resisting law enforcement with a motor vehicle, a class D felony.

No one was injured during the incident and the load of cheese Foster was hauling was not compromised.