GPS Lead Trucker Through Historic Bridge, Into Jail

GPS Lead Trucker Through Historic Bridge, Into JailThis morning, a truck driver who damaged  the Spenceville Covered Bridge learned his fate.  DeKalb Superior Court I Judge Kevin Wallace sentenced Gerald Hudson to serve 180 days in jail.  On December 12, Hudson pleaded guilty to criminal mischief with damage more than $2,500, a Class D felony.

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An Indiana truck driver followed the directions his GPS gave him, and it led him on a path straight to jail.

Gerard Hudson, 46 was driving through Spencerville , Indiana and his GPS was leading the way.  It directed him to on a path over the historic Spencerville Covered Bridge.

The bridge has a clearance of 12 feet 6 inches.  Unaware of an alternate bridge his GPS did not direct him to, Hudson continued on the GPS recommended path and drove through the 140-year-old bridge.

Hudson made it across the bridge safely; however, the bridge sustained serious damage.  Some estimate the damage at $300,000.

“Hudson was arrested and booked into the DeKalb County Jail on a felony charge of criminal mischief. He was being held Wednesday night in lieu of $1,500 bail. County Highway Superintendent Eric Patton closed the red-and-white bridge to traffic because of the damage. Structural engineers will be contacted to assess the condition of the bridge, the sheriff’s department said,” the Journal Gazette reported.

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