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ISP: Impaired driver injures trooper in crash

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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.

According to 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.

Dillahunty was 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.

Saturday’s incident was the second time in four days an allegedly impaired driver injured an ISP trooper, police said.


Posted 8/4/2014