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Semi driver charged with operating while intoxicated following crash that spilled 40K pounds of U.S. Mail


A truck driver was arrested on Monday morning following a rollover crash that spilled a large amount of U.S. Mail in Lake County, Indiana.

The rollover crash was reported to the Indiana State Patrol (ISP) around 12:15 a.m. on February 20. Troopers learned that a semi truck crashed on southbound I-65 at mile marker 246.2 near Crown Point.

A preliminary investigation by ISP showed that a “2023 Volvo truck drove off the roadway and overturned, resulting in the trailer breaking open and the contents falling out. The trailer was loaded with 40k lbs. of U.S. Mail.”

ISP Trooper Rosillo obtained a warrant for a blood draw from the Lake County Prosecutor’s Office.

Truck driver Srdan Bezharevic was transported to a local hospital for the blood draw. After he was medically cleared, he was transported to the Lake County Jail.

ISP says that a white powdery substance was found in the possession of Bezharevic.

Bezharevic has been preliminarily charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance- Level 6 Felony, Operating While Intoxicated (Endangering)- Class A Misdemeanor, and Operating While Intoxicated- Class C Misdemeanor.

The cleanup of the crash continued into the morning rush hour as another trailer was brought in to offload the contents of the crashed truck’s trailer.

The incident remains under investigation.


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