A Casselberry, Fla., trucker was arrested Monday on a charge of operating
while intoxicated after he rolled his semi on I-65 in Lake County, forcing
the closure of all southbound lanes for more than two hours, the Indiana
State Police said.
According to police, at 12:30 a.m. Devon L. House, 28, was southbound on
I-65, in the area of the 242 mile marker two miles north of the Lowell exit,
when he left the roadway to the left. House over-corrected, then lost
control of his rig, which rolled onto its passengerís side, hitting an
Police added that, as the semi left the roadway, it hit a patch of rocks
newly laid just off the inner shoulder and sprayed them over both lanes of
southbound I-65. The semi itself came to rest across both lanes, blocking
all southbound traffic.
House--who escaped injury--registered a blood alcohol content of .27 percent
and was transported to Lake County Jail on a charge of operating while
The semi was owned by A.F. Systems of Bensenville, Ill., and was loaded with
general freight. There was no load loss. Houseís female passenger, inside
the cab, was also not injured.
All southbound motorists were diverted off I-65 at Crown Point until 3 a.m.
until the rig had been righted and the stones swept off the Interstate.