Wrong-way driver on I-64 arrested

UPDATED – On Wednesday, at approximately 11:20 p.m. the Spencer County Sheriff’s Department received a 911 call reporting a wrong-way driver traveling east on I-64 in the westbound lane.

Callers reported the driver was traveling at a high-rate of speed and almost struck multiple vehicles head-on.

A Crawford County Sheriff’s Department deputy located the vehicle at the 79-mile marker and attempted to stop it.

The driver continued traveling east speeding away, passing multiple vehicles.

A trooper parked his vehicle at the 86 mile-marker and placed his vehicle broadside, blocking both lanes of travel. Fortunately, the wrong way vehicle stopped less than 45 feet from trooper’s vehicle.

The driver 54-year-old Kevin Degraff, of Edwardsburg, MI was detained. Officers say he was intoxicated.

Degraff was belligerent and resisted arrested causing officers to restrain him with the assistance of Marengo and English town marshals.

Degraff was transported to a local hospital, where officers obtained a warrant for a chemical test, which found Degraff was more than three times the legal limit of intoxication.

Degraff was incarcerated in the Perry County Detention Center on multiple felony charges. Charges have also be forwarded to Spencer, Dubois, and Crawford counties.

ISP Sgt. David Henderson said without a group effort by all the officers involved, the incident may have turned tragic.