GARY — An intoxicated man driving on the shoulder caused a three-vehicle crash Saturday afternoon on the Borman Expressway, police said.
Charlton Johnson, 42, of Hobart, was arrested on a charge of operating while intoxicated. Johnson’s blood alcohol concentration was more than twice the legal limit, said Sgt. Ann Wojas of the Indiana State Police.
The crash happened about 3:10 p.m. Saturday when Johnson began driving his 2003 Ford Focus on the right shoulder for an unknown reason, Wojas said. He was westbound at the Burr Street exit.
A 2009 Chrysler Sebring, driven by Shanequa Cauley, 23, of Merrillville, was in the right lane when Johnson’s Focus struck the Sebrin. Cauley lost control of the Sebring and went southwest across the westbound lanes and struck the concrete barrier in the median, Wojas said.
The Sebring then went back northwest across the westbound lanes, where it hit a 2014 Kenworth semi pulling a box trailer. Tyrone Jones, 43, of Knoxville, Tennessee, was driving the semi for Midwest Direct Transport, of Coopersville, Michigan, Wojas said.
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The Sebring struck the trailer’s left rear wheels, causing the wheels to separate from the trailer.
The Focus stopped on its side in the ditch on the right side of the westbound lanes. The Sebring stopped in the right lane. The trailer’s wheels stopped in the middle right lane, and the semi stopped on the outer shoulder, Wojas said.
Johnson and Jones were uninjured. Cauley was taken to Methodist Hospitals Northlake campus in Gary with non-life-threatening injuries, Wojas said.
Assisting at the scene were Troopers John Landowski, Corey Adam, Hoosier Helpers, Gary Fire and EMS, Double T Towing and Caruther’s Towing.