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Accident Monday morning closed SR 9, driver arrested for OVWI

A portable breath test came back as more than twice the legal limit on a driver involved in an accident that closed south State Road 9 Monday morning.


A fully-loaded semi-tractor trailer ran off of State Road 9 and crashed on its side Monday morning.  Shelbyville Police report Joey Grant, 44, of Indianapolis, was operating a Volvo semi that was carrying crushed vehicles from Petit's Auto Salvage in Shelbyville to another company in Hope.  Police report Grant explained that a Chevy Impala driven by on "old lady" abruptly stopped in front of him on the highway.  He swerved into the ditch and the load and vehicle fell over onto property of the First Church of the Nazarene.


Witnesses told police there was no other car involved and that the semi just got too far off the roadway.


Officers at the scene reported being able to immediately smell alcohol.  Medics began to assess Grant who declined treatment saying he was not injured. 


Grant complied with the officers request to perform a PBT which registered .19%.  Grant also failed field sobriety tests at the scene.  The police report indicates Grant agreed to be taken for a chemical breath test at the Shelby County Jail.  He was taken, under arrest for operating a vehicle while under the influence, to the jail.  Chemical breath tests resulted in insufficient samples and Grant consented to a blood draw at MHP which was sent to the Indiana State Department of Toxicology.


Grant was described as cooperative and courteous with officers.