Police: Swerving truck driver who refused to pull over was high on alcohol, ‘Spice’

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INDIANAPOLIS – Police say a truck driver high on alcohol and “Spice” refused to stop for Indiana State troopers, resulting in a flat tire and his eventual arrest.

Around 7:45 p.m. Monday, a state trooper was patrolling Interstate 70 eastbound in an unmarked Dodge pickup when a semi-truck nearly swerved into his lane and hit him. The trooper turned on his emergency lights and sirens, but the truck kept going, swerving and proceeding at 30 to 40 mph.

Another trooper deployed stop sticks, which the truck hit, deflating the tires. The truck eventually came to a stop about four miles after the initial encounter.

Police arrested the driver, James Michael Foster, 52, Mebane, N.C. State police said Foster was under the influence of alcohol and synthetic marijuana “Spice.”

Foster was arrested on preliminary charges of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated (class A misdemeanor) and resisting law enforcement with a motor vehicle (class D felony).

No one was hurt during the incident. Police said the load of cheese in Foster’s truck was not compromised.