Driver Facing Charges After Semi Carrying 40k Pounds of US Mail Overturns on I-65 in Indiana
A CDL driver is facing charges after the semi he was operating overturned spilling the contents of his load - 40,000 pounds of U.S. mail - along a stretch of I-65 in Indiana.
Overturned Trailer + 40k Pounds of Mail
The Indiana Regional Dispatch Center received a call in the overnight hours reporting a semi-trailer crash in the southbound lane of I-65 near the 246-mile marker. According to a press release from the Indiana State Police,
Preliminary investigation by Trp. Rosillo shows that the 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.
After further investigation by the responding Indiana State Trooper, probable cause was determined, and the Lake County Prosecutors Office for a "blood warrant" was issued. That warrant was then signed by a judge, and a blood draw was completed at an area hospital.
The driver of the truck, Srdan Bezharevic, was found to be in possession of what authorities described as "a white powdery substance." Preliminarily, Bezharevic is facing one felony and two misdemeanor charges:
- Possession of a Controlled Substance- Level 6 Felony
- Operating While Intoxicated (Endangering)- Class A Misdemeanor
- Operating While Intoxicated- Class C Misdemeanor
The cleanup took a bit of time this morning, stretching into the morning rush hour. Indiana State Police say the towing company had to remove all of the contents of the trailer - all 40,000 pounds of it - into another trailer.
[Source: Indiana State Police Lowell District]