SEYMOUR, IN (WAVE) - A truck driver from Texas is accused of driving drunk after crashing his semi on Interstate 65 in Jackson County, Indiana.
According to Indiana State Police, Jose Casares, 27, of Mission, Texas was traveling north on I-65 at the 43 mile marker on Tuesday morning, Nov. 4 when he apparently fell asleep at the wheel. He awoke and slammed on the brakes. The truck ran off the road and overturned on the passenger side.
ISP Sgt. Don Gregory said Casares kicked out the windshield, got out of the truck and then ran into a cornfield and wooded area to the east of the crash site.
Gregory located a co-driver, Ramon Buentello, 28, of Alamo, Texas inside the sleeper berth of the crashed truck. He was transported to Schneck Medical Center where he was treated for non-life-threatening injuries and released.
Trooper Stephen Wheeles arrived on the scene and deployed his K-9 named Kane. A track of Casares was detected, but he was not immediately located.
At 12:10 p.m., a Seymour police officer located Casares at Frontage Road and CR 100 S and took him into custody without incident.
Casares was transported to Schneck Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries he suffered in the crash.
He is charged with operating while intoxicated - causing injury to another with a prior conviction and leaving the scene of a personal injury crash.