Two arrested in accident involving 2 ISP cars

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Indiana State Police say two drunk drivers are responsible for two of three separate accidents all at one location on I-465 on the east side overnight.

It started with a call at around 2:26 a.m. Sunday.  Trooper Josh Graves was dispatched to accident involving a car hitting a deer on I-465 southbound at the 39.2 mile marker.  That's just north of 56th street on the eastside.

Trooper Graves was pulling the deceased deer from the interstate and had his patrol car, with the emergency lights operating, in the third lane protecting the disabled car that had struck the deer.

A 1998 Honda Accord, driven by Fredrick Allen, 48, Muncie, struck the rear of Trooper Graves's car.   Trooper Michael McCreary then responded to the scene and determined that Allen was allegedly operating while intoxicated when he struck Grave's patrol car.

Allen was secured in the front passenger seat with Trooper McCreary, behind the scene of the first crash when Trooper McCreary's patrol car was struck by a 2000 GMC Yukon driven by Edwardo Frias, 28, Indianapolis.

Allen and Frias were transported to Wishard Hospital with minor injuries. They were both arrested and face charges of Operating While Intoxicated.

McCreary was transported to Methodist Hospital for observation and released.

ISP say a passenger of that third only received minor inuries  The adult passenger was a sibling to the driver. 

Both of the Indiana State Police cars are considered a total loss.

The southbound lanes of I-465 at 56th Street were closed for more than three hours while four cars were towed and officials completed their investigation . 

Drivers were diverted onto 56th Street during that time.