Medical emergency call leads to cocaine charges for truck driver

2014-04-08T15:02:00Z 2014-04-09T00:49:08Z Medical emergency call leads to cocaine charges for truck driverTimes Staff nwitimes.com
April 08, 2014 3:02 pm  • 

DEMOTTE | A truck driver who called police because of a medical emergency Monday has been cited for possession of cocaine, authorities said.

Johnny D. Turner, 36, of Huber Heights, Ohio, was driving his semitrailer on Interstate 65 about 3 miles south of the DeMotte/Roselawn exit when he had trouble breathing, according to Indiana State Police.

He called for help, and paramedics and a state police trooper responded to give medical attention at the scene.

Police said a field test on a substance in Turner's possession indicated it was cocaine.

Turner was taken to Jasper County Hospital in Rensselaer for treatment. He was cited for operating with a controlled substance, possession of cocaine and possession of paraphernalia.

A trooper completed an inspection of the driver and semitrailer. Turner was placed out of service for being under the influence, possession of drugs, paraphernalia, log book violations and several equipment violations, police said.

The semitrailer and its load of auto parts were released to another driver from Liberty Transportation.

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