Indiana State Trooper Injured By Alleged Drunk Driver

(CBS) — An Indiana State Trooper was hurt early Saturday morning on I80-94 in Munster by an alleged drunk driver from Chicago, reports WBBM’s Mike Krauser.

The officer was standing between his marked Dodge Charger and the median wall operating a hand held radar gun when a jeep hit his vehicle and knocked it into the officer. State Police Sergeant Dwayne Dillahunty was hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries.

According to police, the driver of the Jeep took off on foot and was caught by a Munster Police officer a short time later. Norris Benbow, 43, is charged with DUI causing bodily injury, leaving the scene of a personal injury crash and driving on a suspended license.

The officer was part of a multi-state driver safety operation taking place this weekend called the I90/94 Challenge.

This is the second time on four days an Indiana state trooper had been injured by an alleged drunk driver.

More from Mike Krauser
Daily Weather Reports Delivered To You!SIGN UP NOW: Get daily weather reports every morning from meteorologist Steve Baskerville!
CBS Sports Radio RoundupGet your latest sports talk from across the country.

Listen Live