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Trucker enters guilty plea

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GREENFIELD — A Maryland truck driver who drunkenly wheeled his rig as he was chased by police on Interstate 70 on Sunday pleaded guilty at an initial hearing this week.

Raja Khan, 33, was sentenced to two months in jail. He also received 1½ years’ probation and a 15-month license suspension, according to the Hancock County prosecutor’s office.

Several motorists spotted Khan driving erratically in the westbound lanes of Interstate 70 near the 113-mile marker around 9:35 p.m. Sunday and dialed 911 after Khan nearly caused a traffic accident.

Police caught up to Khan at the 108-mile marker, where Khan swerved across both lanes of the interstate, nearly causing his trailer to overturn. An officer attempted to stop Khan, who kept driving for about a mile until a second officer put down spike strips to puncture 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 truck, officers noticed he had bloodshot eyes and an odor of alcohol on his breath. He could not stand without assistance, according to police reports.

Khan’s initial breath test indicated he had a blood-alcohol content of 0.18, 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 0.30, almost four times the legal limit, according to police reports.

He was charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated, as well as resisting law enforcement.

Khan pleaded guilty at his initial hearing Wednesday and was sentenced in accordance with a plea agreement offered by the prosecutor’s office, court records state.

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