I-69 crashes send two men to jail

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MADISON COUNTY, Ind. (WTHR) – State Police arrested two men after separate crashes Friday night on I-69. One faces felony drunk driving charges and the other is looking at a battery charge for fighting after his crash.

Troopers got the call to the northbound side of I-69 between Pendleton and Anderson just after 7:45 p.m. and found a pickup flipped over in the left lane and the camper it had been towing in the median.

The camper struck another car, but medics determined nobody was hurt in either vehicle.

When troopers talk to the pickup driver, identified as Jose Gamero, 45 of Indianapolis, he appeared to be intoxicated.​ Gamero’s daughter was with him, and she was taken from the crash scene by a relative while Gamero was arrested and jailed in Madison County for driving while intoxicated with a passenger under age 18 in the vehicle - a Level 6 Felony.

Jose Gamero (Courtesy Madison County Jail)

Around 9:30 p.m. near the Anderson exit, two semi-tractor trailers stopped and both drivers were sitting inside their trucks when police arrived. One semi had struck the other with minimal damage, but when the drivers got out, police say Randall D. Birdwell, 62 of Waverly, Tennessee got out and punched Michael Creer, 70 of Westfield, hitting him in the eye. Birdwell was arrested for misdemeanor battery.

State Police are reminding drivers that from now through Labor Day, they will be working overtime to arrest impaired drivers.

Expect to see increased sobriety checkpoints, roving patrols and saturation patrols.