Semi driver arrested after crashing on I-65

LAKE CO., Ind. (ADAMS) – Indiana State Police say a semi-driver is facing accusations he was intoxicated when he rolled his truck on Interstate 65 Monday morning. Indiana State Police say Srdan Bezharevic rolled the truck about a mile south of the Crown Point exit just after midnight.

Thousands of pounds of mail spilled from the truck. Troopers say he was in possession of a “white, powdery substance.”

He is now facing three preliminary charges in connection to the crash.

Indiana State Police released the following:

Monday morning at approximately 12:15 a.m., the Indiana State Police Regional Dispatch Center received a call of a semi crash on I-65, southbound lanes at the 246.2 mile-marker. This is one mile south of the Crown Point exit. Preliminary investigation by Trp. Rosillo shows that the 2023 Volvo truck drove off the roadway and overturned, resulting in the trailer breaking open and the contents falling out. The trailer was loaded with 40k lbs. of U.S. Mail. Further investigation by Trp. Rosillo resulted in probable cause being developed and a request for a blood warrant through the Lake County Prosecutor’s Office. A judge subsequently signed the warrant, and the blood draw was completed at a local hospital. The driver, Srdan Bezharevic, was medically cleared and transported to the Lake County Jail. Mr. Bezharevic was also found to be in possession of a white, powdery substance.

Mr. Bezharevic is preliminarily charged with the following:

Possession of a Controlled Substance- Level 6 Felony
Operating While Intoxicated (Endangering)- Class A Misdemeanor
Operating While Intoxicated- Class C Misdemeanor
Cleanup at the scene was continuing into and through the rush hour as the tow company had to offload the contents of the trailer into another trailer.

All persons named in this release are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in court. All charges mentioned are merely accusations. Actual charges will be determined by the Lake County Prosecutor’s Office.