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Sheriff's Office: Man Drove Wrong Way On I-69, Caused 2 Crashes


A wrong-way driver caused two crashes on I-69 in Vanderburgh County early Monday. 

Central Dispatch began receiving calls at about 5:15 a.m. about a red pickup truck driving southbound in the northbound lanes of I-69.

Soon, reports came in of two crashes -- one just north of Boonville New Harmony Road and another near Millersburg Rd.

No serious injuries were reported in the crashes.

The red truck continued southbound to Lynch Road, where the sheriff’s office says a deputy with his emergency lights and siren activated, had to swerve to avoid a head on collision.

The deputy then began pursuing the truck.

Another deputy was able to stop traffic at the Morgan Ave overpass, and caused the driver of the truck to finally stop.

The sheriff’s office says 67-year-old John Robert Dewig of Newburgh was taken into custody without any further incident.

Intoxicants were not believed to have been a factor in the incident but the sheriff’s office says a medical condition has not been ruled out as a contributing factor.