Truck driver arrested, cited after testing for .218 blood alcohol level

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Lyall Hanson

MIAMI COUNTY, Ind. (Feb. 23, 2016) – A Michigan truck driver had a blood alcohol concentration of .218 after police found him slumped over his steering wheel, police say.

At 7:35 a.m. Tuesday, dispatchers in Miami County received a 911 call about a driver slumped over the steering wheel while going south on U.S. 31. A deputy from the Miami County Sheriff’s Department and an Indiana State Police trooper located the truck, which was pulled over in a lot on Eel River Cemetery Road east of U.S. 31.

The officers were concerned that the driver, Lyall Hanson, 61, Sterling Heights, Mich., was suffering from a medical emergency and checked on him. They found signs that Hanson was intoxicated.

Further investigation showed Hanson had a blood alcohol concentration of .218, more than two times Indiana’s legal limit of .08. Hanson went to the Miami County Jail on a charge of operating a vehicle while intoxicated. He was also cited for having open containers.

In addition, Hanson received two citations under the federal motor carrier safety regulations: for operating a commercial vehicle after having consumed alcohol and for having alcohol in the truck’s cab.

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