Semi-driver arrested for OWI after causing five-car I-65 crash

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BOONE COUNTY, Ind. (September 30, 2014) – A semi-driver was arrested for OWI after causing a five-car crash on I-65 Monday evening.

At approximately 5:23 p.m., Indiana State Police troopers responded to a personal injury crash on I-65 SB at the 135.2 mm that also spilled over into the NB lanes.

Preliminary investigation revealed that Barbara Eubanks, of Indianapolis, was sitting stationary in a Mercury passenger car with the emergency flashers in operation on the SB emergency shoulder of I-65 at the 135.2 mm.

The Mercury also contained a 32 year old male passenger and an infant male.

Jerry Ramey, 42, of Richmond KY was operating a semi with a flat bed trailer SB on I-65 when he sideswiped the stationary Mercury.

The semi then swerved to the left and traveled through the median guard rail.

Wreckage from the guard rail and semi-tractor trailer struck three NB vehicles and caused property damage.

Eubanks and the two occupants of the Mercury were transported to Methodist Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Ramey was not injured.

No injuries were reported by any of the occupants in the NB vehicles.

During the course of the investigation Trooper Neal Berringer obtained information that Ramey was allegedly operating the semi-tractor while intoxicated.

Ramey was transported to the Boone County Jail where a certified test confirmed his BAC .18%.

Ramey was incarcerated and charged with one count of operating while intoxicated, Class A Misdemeanor.