Big rig driver pulled over; tests .29 BAC - 13 WTHR Indianapolis

Big rig driver pulled over; tests .29 BAC

Jeffrey Cordle Jeffrey Cordle

An Illinois truck driver faces charges after Indiana State Police say he had .29 percent on a blood alcohol test.

Jeffrey A. Cordle, 39, of Mapleton, Illinois, was pulled over Monday in a construction zone on I-70 in eastern Clay County. He was driving a 2014 Freightliner tractor pulling a box trailer, and police say he was driving erratically.

The state trooper who pulled Cordle over says he smelled strongly of alcohol and showed signs of intoxication. Cordle failed several field sobriety tests and tested .29 on a blood alcohol test at Putnam County Hospital.

Cordle was arrested and taken to the Putnam County Jail. He faces several charges related to operating a vehicle while intoxicated.

The truck and trailer belonged to Cox Transfer Inc. of Eureka, Illinois.   

Police say Cordle posed a particular danger because he was driving an 80,000-lb. commercial vehicle, which they say greatly increases the chance for a deadly crash.

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