Truck driver arrested following early Monday wreck


A Louisville, Kentucky, truck driver was arrested after police said he crashed his semitrailer while intoxicated on Interstate 65 early today.

James M. Murphy, 56, was arrested after a crash near the 52 mile marker that shut down the interstate for about eight hours, according to a news release from the Indiana State Police.

James Murphy
James Murphy

Sgt. Stephen Wheeles, public information officer for the Versailles Post, said Murphy’s 2009 Volvo semitrailer was the only vehicle involved in the crash reported at 4:30 a.m.

Wheeles said Murphy was traveling northbound just north of Seymour when his vehicle left the east side of the roadway and struck a guardrail before overturning.

Trooper James Herbert investigated the crash and saw Murphy “had been drinking alcohol and showed signs of being intoxicated,” Wheeles wrote in a news release.

A roadside preliminary breath test showed Murphy had a blood alcohol content of 0.26% at the time of the crash. Murphy was taken to Schneck Medical Center in Seymour, where police obtained a blood sample through a search warrant.

Toxicology results are pending at this time, Wheeles said.

Neither Murphy nor a female passenger were injured during the crash, and the incident remains under investigation, police said.

The Indiana State Police was assisted by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department, Seymour Police Department, Redding Township Volunteer Fire Department and 31 Wrecker Service.

Murphy was arrested for operating while intoxicated with a blood alcohol content 0.15% or greater. He also was cited for an open container violation and disregarding a traffic control device.

Murphy was booked into the Jackson County Jail in Brownstown at 7:43 a.m., where he was being held on a $705 bond.

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