Cattle Hauler Charged With DUI and Distracted Driving Following Accident
Mandan, ND – A North Dakota trucker has been charged with Driving Under the Influence (DUI) following a rollover crash this week that involved over 100 head of cattle.
According to Lt. Steve Johnson with the North Dakota Highway Patrol (NDHP), the accident occurred around 2:30 p.m. on Thursday on the Interstate 194 northbound on-ramp from eastbound Memorial Highway (I-94B).
Truck driver Evan Gross, 30, of Napoleon, ND, was driving a 2014 maroon and white Peterbilt, hauling 111 head of cattle from the Kist Livestock Auction in Mandan, en route to Napoleon.
As Gross took the cloverleaf on-ramp to the Expressway (I-194), the front left tire of the Peterbilt exited the roadway to the left.
The departure from the roadway caused the truck to roll onto its left side.
NDHP said at the time of the accident, Gross was traveling under 15 mph.
He was wearing a seatbelt and was not injured.
After the vehicle came to rest on its side, “several” cattle escaped the trailer.
Kist Livestock assisted NDHP in recovering the escaped cattle.
Lt. Johnson confirmed to Transportation Nation Network (TNN) on Friday afternoon that 23 cattle were killed or had to be put down due to injuries.
It was determined that Gross had been driving under the influence.
He was subsequently charged for DUI and distracted driving.
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