Semi driver arrested after accident

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CROWN POINT, Indiana  (Jan. 19, 2014) — A semi driver allegedly fell asleep while driving Sunday afternoon and went off the roadway and hit a sign.

The semi then went down an embankment, through a fence and came to rest in a field, where the driver woke up.

The driver identified as Donald Hagen of St. Peters, Missouri was driving southbound on Interstate 65 at the 254 mile marker, just north of the Merrillville exit when he fell asleep.

Hagen told officers he was fatigued and “dozed off” when he awoke after driving off the road.

Officers found unopened and opened containers of alcohol were found a short distance from the semi.

Hagen admitted to putting them there and then admitted to drinking the night before the accident.

He was treated at the scene for minor cuts and was given a test, where it was determined he had a blood alcohol content of .09 percent.

Hagen was cited for Operating While Intoxicated, Driving Fatigued, and Possession of Alcohol Beverages in a Commercial Motor Vehicle and was taken to the Lake County jail.