A Chicago resident
was arrested Saturday on charges of operating while intoxicated and leaving
the scene after the Indiana State Police said that he fled from the scene of
an accident in which an ISP trooper was injured.
police, at 1:26 a.m. Norris Benbow, 43, was eastbound in the left lane of
I-80/94, just under the Calumet Ave. overpass, when he left the roadway and
struck the fully marked squad car of Sgt. Dwayne Dillahunty, who had parked
on the inner shoulder and was standing outside his vehicle and operating a
hand-held speed timing device. Dillahunty’s own 2013 Dodge Charger struck
him, knocking him into the concrete median barrier wall.
Benbow left his
disabled 2013 Jeep and fled on foot but Dillahunty was able to radio a
description of Benbow, who was apprehended by Munster Police shortly
thereafter, police said.
treated for non-life threatening injuries at Munster Community Hospital.
Benbow registered a
blood alcohol content of .14 percent, police said, and was transported to
Lake County Jail on charges of OWI, leaving the scene of an accident, and
driving while suspended, police said.
The left two lanes
were closed until approximately 4:55 a.m.
was the second time in four days an allegedly impaired driver injured an ISP
trooper, police said.