Driver, passenger arrested following semitrailer crash


A crash Monday involving an overturned semitrailer on Interstate 65 near Crothersville led to the arrest of two Anniston, Alabama, residents, according to a report from the Indiana State Police Post at Versailles.

Torris D. Robinson, 40, faces charges of operating while intoxicated-endangerment, operating while intoxicated and battery by bodily waste while Mary E. Thompson, 38, faces charges of public intoxication and resisting law enforcement.

The incident that led to their arrests occurred as Robinson drove a 2017 Kentworth south on the interstate and it left the west side of the road, overturned and came to rest on its side, according to a report from Sgt. Stephen Wheeles.

The wreck, reported at about 6:30 p.m. near the 41-mile-marker in southern Jackson County, was investigated by troopers Derek Eggers and Randell Miller

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Neither Robinson or Thompson was hurt in the wreck, but both showed signs of being intoxicated, Wheeles said.

Robinson was taken to Schneck Medical Center in Seymour for further investigation, and while there he spit on a hospital employee. He was arrested by police. Toxicology results are pending against Robinson.

Thompson became belligerent at the scene and then was arrested.

Both were booked into the Jackson County Jail in Brownstown. They were being held on $750 bonds Tuesday afternoon.

The wreck led to I-65 being restricted to one lane for nearly five hours for crash investigation and cleanup. The cleanup involved removing the load of tires from the trailer prior to it being uprighted.

State police were assisted by officers with Crothersville and the Jackson County Sheriff’s department, personnel with Jackson County Emergency Medical Services and 31 Wrecker Service and firefighters and medical personnel with Vernon Township Fire Department.

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