HOBART | A chain-reaction crash involving four vehicles early Friday on Interstate 65 jammed traffic for hours and ended with one driver being sent to Lake County Jail on multiple charges.
Franklin Sul, 22, of Hobart, was charged with operating while intoxicated and driving while suspended, according to Indiana State Police. Sul also was wanted on a battery warrant out of Hobart.
Police said Sul's blood alcohol content was 0.24, three times the legal limit for driving.
Sul was driving a 2001 Infinity south on I-65 about one mile north of 61st Avenue when he rear-ended a 2002 GMC Envoy at 1 a.m., state police said. The driver of the Envoy, a Crown Point woman, was not injured in the crash.
Sul lost control of his vehicle after that crash, hit the guardrail on the outer shoulder and came to rest on I-65 facing east in the right and middle southbound lanes.
A 2002 Honda with four people inside pulled in front of Sul's car in the right lane to check on him. A semitrailer tried to go around the Honda, jack-knifed, struck Sul's car and drove off the road partially into a ditch, police said.
The trailer came to rest on the guardrail on the outer shoulder. The driver of the semi, an 81-year-old man from Racine, Wis., was not injured. The semi was totaled.
The four occupants of the Honda were taken to St. Mary Medical Center in Hobart, where they were treated and released.
Sul also was taken to St. Mary, where he was treated for lacerations to his face before being transported to the Lake County Jail, police said.
The crash forced the closure of all southbound lanes, with traffic crawling by on the inner shoulder. Just before 4 a.m., all lanes were closed for the removal of the semi.
All lanes reopened about 5:15 a.m.