Semi driver accused of being drunk and fighting with his wife before morning I-70 accident


Indiana State Police Trooper Eric Freeman responded shortly before 2 a.m. Friday to the report of a semi jack-knifed across the east bound lanes of I-70 and a female screaming for help at the 148 mile marker, just west of the Williamsburg Pike exit.

Freeman arrived to find the semi jack-knifed in the roadway with approximately 700 feet of cable barrier stretched behind it in the roadway.

The driver of the semi, 50-year-old Sheldon L. Plant of Old Orchard Beach, Maine, was uninjured.

A preliminary investigation revealed that Plant and his wife, who was also in the truck, had been consuming alcohol when they became involved in a physical altercation with each other as Plant was driving.

Plant lost control of the truck, driving into the median hitting the cable barrier.

In an attempt to leave the scene, he drove out of the median, back onto eastbound I-70 with the cable still hooked to the truck. The truck stretched the cable across the highway before the cable stopped the truck causing it to jack-knife, blocking the interstate for more than two and a half hours.

Further investigation led to Plant being arrested for misdemeanors OWI Endangerment, Domestic Battery and Public Intoxication. He had a blood alcohol level more than two times the legal limit of .08 percent at the time of the crash.