January 6, 2014

Wisconsin trucker charged with DUI

By Nita Johnson
Staff Writer


Getting his tractor-trailer stuck in a ditch was just the beginning of the troubles for a Wisconsin man.

Avtar Singh, 28, of Oak Creek, Wis., was also highly intoxicated, and even needed help in walking to the police cruiser after his arrest on Sunday, Dec. 29.

The incident began when Laurel County Sheriff’s Deputy Larry Parrott and Deputy Daniel Grigsby were sent to the scene four miles west of London on Russell Dyche Memorial Highway (Ky. 80).

On arriving at the scene, they saw the truck off the roadway, stuck in the mud in a ditchline.

When the deputies were talking to Singh, they smelled alcohol on him. Singh told deputies he had left Indianapolis that morning around 10 a.m. to come to a business in London. A press release from the sheriff’s office states that Singh was so intoxicated deputies had to help hold the subject up as they were leading him to the cruiser.

Singh is now charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence, operating a semi-truck without efficient brakes, no insurance, and numerous other traffic violations. He was lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center under a $750 cash bond, and was released around 6 a.m. last Tuesday.