Thanksgiving should be a time to reminisce and enjoy your friends and family, but according to MSNBC, it’s also one of the most dangerous times to be on the road.
Crashes related to drunk driving spike at this time of the year, and alcohol may have contributed to a crash in Boone County this weekend.
Early Saturday morning, a 31-year-old man from Washington, Indiana was driving his 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix the wrong way down the interstate, the Indianapolis Star reported. Heading north in the southbound lanes of I-465, his car collided nearly head-on with a sport utility vehicle.
When state police arrived, they found open alcohol bottles in the Pontiac, and the coroner’s office pronounced the driver dead at the scene.
A passenger in the Pontiac was taken to St. Vincent Hospital, in addition to three passengers in the SUV. The four victims did not suffer life-threatening injuries.
Just a month ago, however, a man whose decision to drive drunk cost a 29-year-old Indiana woman her life returned to face charges for his actions.
Wane.com reported that the drunk driver, age 22, was arrested in Bridgeton, Missouri. Pike County Sheriff Jeremy Britton told Wane.com that the man was using four different aliases, but the police were able to identify him by his fingerprints.
Britton told the Courier Press he is an illegal immigrant whose fingerprints were on file with federal immigration officials because he’d been deported from the country once before.
At the time of the accident in January, the drunk driver’s blood alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit in Indiana. He is being held at the Pike County Jail on $1 million bond.
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