Semi driver arrested after crashing on I-65

LAKE CO. – Monday morning at approximately 12:15 a.m., the Indiana State Police Regional Dispatch Center received a call of a semi crash on I-65, southbound lanes at the 246.2 mile-marker.  This is one mile south of the Crown Point exit.

A preliminary investigation by ISP Trooper Israel Rosillo shows that the 2023 Volvo truck drove off the roadway and overturned, resulting in the trailer breaking open and the contents falling out.  The trailer was loaded with 40,000 pounds of U.S. mail.

Trooper Rosillo requested a warrant for a blood draw a blood warrant through the Lake County Prosecutor’s Office.  A judge subsequently signed the warrant, and the blood draw was completed at a local hospital. The driver, Srdan Bezharevic, was medically cleared and transported to the Lake County Jail.  Bezharevic was also found to be in possession of a white, powdery substance. 

Bezharevic is facing preliminary charges of possession of a controlled substance, operating a vehicle while intoxicated endangerment, OWI.

Cleanup at the scene was continuing into and through the rush hour as the tow company had to offload the contents of the trailer into another trailer.