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Speeding In Construction Zone Leads To Felony Arrest
Updated September 10, 2016 1:45 PM | Filed under: Crime
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(MADISON CO.) - Thursday morning, just after 3 a.m., Trooper Kendrick Donald was working traffic on I-69 around the 225 mile marker, when he clocked a south bound Chevrolet Impala at 98 M.P.H. in the 70 M.P.H. zone.

Trooper Donald activated his lights and caught up to the car as it traveled 100 M.P.H into the 50 M.P.H. construction zone, hitting the orange barrels at the 219 mile marker and still refusing to stop.

Master Trooper Shawn Cosgrove, who was working special INDOT project in the zone protecting the workers, also attempted to get the Impala to stop, but it continued on through the zone, past the workers who were working. At the 214 mm the vehicle exited to SR 13, where Cosgrove and Donald were able to box the vehicle in and get it to stop.

The driver, later identified as Reginald Duncan, age 39 of Indianapolis, refused to identify himself and had to be helped from his vehicle. Further investigation showed that Duncan had a blood alcohol level more than twice the legal limit of .08% B.A.C.

Trooper Donald arrested Duncan charging him with Resisting Law Enforcement with a Motor Vehicle, Level 6 Felony; Operating While Intoxicated with a Previous Conviction within Five Years, Level 6 Felony; Reckless Driving in a Highway Work Zone, Level 6 Felony; Operating While Intoxicated and Failure to Identify, both misdemeanor charges. Duncan was lodged in the Madison County Jail.

According to Nathan Riggs of INDOT, "This year through the end of August, there have been more than 2601 crashes in INDOT work zones. Of those crashes, 411 were personal injury with 581 people injured and 9 fatalities. Frequent instances of interstate drivers disregarding work zone traffic control and speed limits have led to an alarming trend of recent crashes and "close calls" with construction workers and law enforcement officers."

Riggs went on to say "INDOT, its contractors, and our law enforcement partners appreciate the cooperation, attention and patience of drivers who consider safety by slowing down, paying attention and driving sensibly near construction zones."



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