Sheriff: Drunk driver brings down poles, wires on I-69

A crash in Steuben County closed three roads Friday morning.

STEUBEN COUNTY, Ind. (WANE) – I-69 near Exit 354 is back open after a crash Friday morning brought down several utility poles and electrical wires.

The road was first closed around 4 a.m.

Several power lines ended up on the ground across the interstate. Wires also came down on County Road 50 West and State Road 127.

A utility pole and electrical lines were damaged after being struck by a vehicle in Steuben County Friday morning.
A utility pole and electrical lines were damaged after being struck by a vehicle in Steuben County Friday morning.

NIPSCO is making repairs as quickly and safely as possible. The Steuben County Sheriff’s Department is advising motorists that traffic may be slower than the speed limit near the crash area because crews are working to repair utility poles.

Exit 354 serves as access to Pokagon State Park and the Outlet Shoppes at Fremont.

Craig Sheuer, 28, Edon, Ohio is facing several charges after Friday's crash. (Courtesy: Steuben Co. Sheriff's Department)
Craig Sheuer, 28, Edon, Ohio is facing several charges after Friday’s crash. (Courtesy: Steuben Co. Sheriff’s Department)

Investigators said Friday that Craig J. Scheuer, 29, Edon, Ohio was driving an SUV on S.R. 127 when he went off the road and struck a pole. After crashing into at least two poles and a highway sign, witnesses told police that Scheuer got into another vehicle and left the area. Scheuer was found at a gas station in Fremont a short time later. He was taken to a hospital in Angola for injuries from the crash to his leg and back.

After Scheuer was released from the hospital he was arrested on charges of OWI, leaving the scene of a property damage crash, and a 2007 outstanding warrant for underage possession of alcohol.

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