Truckers stop drunken driver

| 9/23/2003

Three truck drivers boxed in an apparent drunken driver Sept. 11 along Interstate 80 in Milton, PA, and detained him until police arrived, according to the Milton Standard-Journal.

The Trucker identified two of the quick-thinking truckers as Robert Faulkner, 45, an owner-operator and OOIDA member from Walbridge, OH, and Marlin Gross, 24, a Werner Enterprises driver from Joplin, MO. The Trucker said authorities did not identify the third truck driver.

Faulkner and Gross boxed in the Mercury Grand Marquis after it hit both of their trucks, a 2000 Kenworth and 2002 Freightliner. The car also had a canoe strapped to the top.

The Statesman-Journal identified the driver of the car as John F. Sullivan, 63, of Wailea, HI. When police arrived, the newspaper reported, wine-colored stains appeared on Sullivan’s shirt, mouth and face. Authorities told the local newspaper Sullivan was “visibly intoxicated,” and that he had allegedly thrown a wine bottle out the passenger’s side window before his car hit a guardrail.

Sullivan was arrested and taken to the Evangelical Community Hospital at Lewisburg, PA, for a blood-alcohol test, which he refused, according to the Standard-Journal. He also denied hitting the trucks with his car.

Sullivan was charged with driving under the influence, two counts of being involved in an accident involving damage to a vehicle or property, failure to render aid, reckless driving, driving on roadways not laned for traffic, depositing waste and restrictions on alcoholic beverages, the newspaper said.

Sullivan, who told authorities he was a semiretired attorney, was released on a $10,000 cash bond. No injuries were reported.