Police: Driver was intoxicated when he ran into train

2014-05-05T14:51:00Z 2014-05-05T21:00:21Z Police: Driver was intoxicated when he ran into trainStan Maddux Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
May 05, 2014 2:51 pm  • 

MICHIGAN CITY | A railroad crossing in Michigan City was open again Monday after a man drove his car into a passing train Sunday while at high enough speeds to derail one of the freight cars, police said.

Police said the man ran off and was located a few blocks away stumbling in the street.

The driver was not injured.

"The guy wasn't hurt," said Cary Brinkman, Detective Bureau commander of the Michigan City Police Department.

Jose Jenkins, 38, of Michigan City, is charged with operating while intoxicated and leaving the scene of an accident.

According to police, Jenkins drove his SUV into the 17th car at the CSX crossing on Ohio Street about 4:30 a.m. Sunday on the city's northwest side.

At first, the conductor and engineer were not aware of the crash and kept going until noticing the back end of the car was off the rails, said police.

Brinkman said Jenkins was found about three to four blocks away by a Long Beach Police officer who shined his spotlight on the man having difficulty walking a straight line.

His heavily damaged SUV was stuck between one of the train cars and a railroad crossing pole with flashing red lights.

The train car sustained an estimated $100,000 in damage.

There was also damage to one of the railroad ties, police said.

Police said the crossing was reopened about seven hours after the train car containing ethyl alcohol, which did not leak, was put back on the tracks.

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