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Truck driver’s charged with OWI, drugs

Truck driver’s charged with OWI, drugs Truck driver’s charged with OWI, drugs

A commercial driver from Corydon was arrested last Wednesday afternoon for operating a vehicle while intoxicated as well as drug and weapons charges.

Around noon on Wednesday, Indiana State Police Trooper Nathan Newton observed a commercial dump truck drive off the right side of S.R. 135 as he and the truck were traveling south toward Fairview Church Road. After turning west onto Fairview Church Road, the truck drove left of center several times, including on hill crests and around curves.

Newton activated his emergency lights and sirens, but the truck did not immediately stop. The driver, identified as Steven Scott Springer Jr., 58, of Corydon, eventually stopped on Fairbanks Road, but not before crossing Heidelberg Road.

Newton conducted a traffic stop along with a commercial vehicle inspection. During the inspection, Newton observed indicators of possible impaired driving and also performed standard field sobriety tests. Further investigation also uncovered drugs and drug paraphernalia as well as two handguns.

As a result of the investigation, Springer was arrested on the following charges: possession of methamphetamine, a Level 5 felony; possession of a handgun without a license and operating a vehicle while intoxicated endangering a person, both Class A misdemeanors; and operating a vehicle while intoxicated with a controlled substance, operating a vehicle while intoxicated and possession of paraphernalia, all Class C misdemeanors.

Officers transported Springer to the Harrison County Jail without further incident. Springer has since been released on a own-recognizance bond. A pre-trial conference is scheduled for Wednesday, March 9.

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