Police: Drunken semi driver wouldn't stop




GREENFIELD — A Maryland truck driver admitted to officers he’d had too much to drink before he almost caused an accident on Interstate 70 in Greenfield Sunday night, according to police reports.

Several motorists spotted Raja Khan, 33, driving erratically around 9:35 p.m. and dialed 911 to report Khan had nearly caused a traffic accident. Police caught up to Khan, who was driving a semi trailer, at the 108 mile marker, where Khan swerved across both lanes of the interstate, nearly causing his tractor trailer to overturn. An officer attempted to stop Khan, who refused to pull over and kept driving for about a mile until a second officer put down spike strips to deflate Khan’s tires, according to police reports.

After hitting the spike strips, Khan slowed to a stop near the 106 mile marker.  When Khan got out of the semi, officers noticed he had bloodshot eyes and an odor of an alcoholic beverage on his breath. He could not stand without assistance, according to police reports.

Khan’s initial breath test indicated he had a blood-alcohol contest of .18, more than twice the legal limit. He refused to take a blood test but told officers he’d had too much to drink and knew he would not pass it, according to police reports.

Officers took Khan to Hancock Regional Hospital and ultimately obtained a search warrant for a blood sample. Khan became violent with officers at the hospital, kicking one, and had to be held down so a hospital technician could take his blood. That test ultimately showed his blood-alcohol content at .3, almost four times the legal limit, according to police reports.

Khan faces operating a vehicle while intoxicated charges, as well as a Class D felony charge of resisting law enforcement.

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