Trucker who destroyed covered bridge sentenced, but will be out soon

By David Tanner, Land Line associate editor | 12/21/2012

Gerard Hudson could be out of jail in time for Christmas. A DeKalb County, IN, judge sentenced the trucker on Thursday for damage caused to the Spencerville Covered Bridge, but good behavior and time served since Sept. 26 have counted toward Hudson’s punishment.

DeKalb County Superior Court Judge Kevin P. Wallace handed Hudson a year-and-a-half sentence, suspended to 180 days, after Hudson pleaded guilty to a Class D felony of criminal mischief with damage exceeding $2,500.

Hudson drove a 1998 Volvo VN and empty trailer over the Spencerville Covered Bridge on Sept. 26, damaging roof supports and causing an estimated $114,000 damage. He told police at the time that his GPS had guided him over the bridge. The safe, legal route was about 1,000 feet south of the historic bridge.

The complaint against Hudson cited a false record-of-duty status and a disqualified license.

Neither Hudson nor anyone else posted the $1,500 bond, and Hudson has sat in jail since the incident.

The DeKalb County Jail has a two-for-one policy on time served for good behavior, potentially knocking a 180-day sentence down to 90 days. Add in the time served and Hudson could be out on Tuesday, Dec. 25.

An officer at the jail confirmed to Land Line Magazine that Hudson would be released next week but did not give an exact day.

Hudson will be on probation for a year-and-a-half.

Staff Writer Kimberely Lennard contributed to this report.

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