Trucker Facing OWI Charges After Crashing Big Rig Along Wisconsin Interstate
Racine County, WI – A 27-year-old trucker is facing charges after crashing his big rig on Sunday along a Wisconsin interstate.
According to the Racine County Sheriff’s Office (RCSO), the Racine County Communications Center received a call at approximately 3 a.m. about a “reckless” tractor-trailer that had just plowed over a road sign along Southbound Interstate 41.
Deputies responded and found that the semi had crashed into the wall just north of CTH KR Interchange.
“The semi-tractor and trailer were found perpendicular to the interstate with the tractor lodged on the wall of the interstate facing east with the trailer extending west to the exit ramp of CTH KR,” RCSO said. “The entire load of limestone was spilled in the ditch along the exit ramp.”
Further, RCSO reported that debris from the accident was strewn across all lanes of the interstate, which caused a full closure of southbound I-41 for approximately 3 ½ hours.
The trucker was identified as Edgar Ramos Perez, of Greenfield, WI.
Investigators said he was alert and able to exit his truck safely.
He was treated on scene by rescue personnel and later by medical staff at Ascension Racine.
However, initial investigation into the accident found that Perez was intoxicated, RCSO said.
He was subsequently arrested for Operating While Intoxicated (OWI) First offense.
Fortunately, no other vehicles were involved.
The investigation into this incident remains ongoing.