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Sheriff’s Office Patrol Vehicle Struck by Drunk Driver at the Scene of I-64 Tractor-Trailer Crash

Sheriff’s Office Patrol Vehicle Struck by Drunk Driver at the Scene of I-64 Tractor-Trailer Crash

Bill Stephens

April 2nd, 2016

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On Saturday, April 02, 2016 at 4:35 a.m. the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a tractor-trailer crash on Interstate 64.

According to authorities, a Federal Express semi-tractor with tandem trailers had been eastbound on I-64 approximately 2 miles east of State Road 65 when the driver fell asleep and left the roadway. The tractor overturned, causing both trailers to fall onto the highway, completely blocking the eastbound lanes. The driver was not believed to have been seriously injured and was transported to the hospital by ambulance with a complaint of shoulder pain.

At approximately 5:57 a.m., authorities say a silver 2013 Kia Sol 4-door driven by 32 year old Jacob David Humphrey, of Brandenburg, KY, approached the crash scene from the west and failed to notice that a marked Sheriff’s Office vehicle with flashing lights was stopped in the left lane. Humphrey’s vehicle reportedly struck the rear of an unoccupied Sheriff’s vehicle, causing the Kia’s to deploy.

The release says deputies determined that Humphrey was intoxicated after he failed a series of field sobriety tests. Humphrey was transported to the jail where authorities say he refused to take a certified breath test.

By 7:36 a.m. eastbound traffic had been restored to one lane, both lanes were opened by 9:00 a.m.

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Jacob David Humphrey (pictured above) was charged with Operating a Motor Vehicle while Intoxicated with Test Refusal, Operating a Motor Vehicle while Intoxicated, Expired License Plate, Operating without Motor Vehicle Insurance, and Failure to Yield to a Emergency Vehicle.

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