Indiana was hit with a number of commercial drivers being caught driving under the influence along with drugs and drug paraphernalia.
There have been four arrests for commercial drivers driving under the influence since February 20th. We have all of the latest on current arrests from the drugs that were found with the drivers, and what they were arrested for. We’ll catch you up on the two latest situations.
Two Arrests on Monday
The latest two arrests occurred Monday (March 5). The first incident was in the morning near Interstate 64 East, close to the 119-mile marker in Floyd County. A state trooper made a routine traffic stop picked up the smell of burning marijuana. Further inspection of the vehicle showed that the driver, 23-year-old Theodore Lee Sauders, was in possession of marijuana and driving while under the influence.
Marijuana possession is still illegal within the state of Indiana and considered a misdemeanor depending on the amount discovered.
The second of the two stops is perhaps more disturbing. 33-year-old Benjamin M. McDaniel was driving a semi-tractor and trailer. He was pulled over for being unable to keep the rig in one lane near on U. S. 31 South, near the Clark County line. Upon pulling the truck over and further investigation, the state trooper discovered a quantity of methamphetamine.
McDaniel was charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of paraphernalia, and placed in Scott County Jail. Methamphetamine possession is a felony in the state of Indiana, less than three grams is considered a Class D felony, punishable by a $10,000 fine, and possibly jail time of three to six months.
Indiana Police and State Troopers are urging anyone who sees a suspected impaired driver to get down their license plate number and call 911. This is to be done in a safe manner and not while you are driving.