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Indianapolis, IN - Your Indiana State Police is joining law-enforcement agencies across Indiana this March to increase dangerous and impaired driving patrols for the NCAA Tournament and St. Patrick’s Day.

Last year, the weekend beginning St. Patrick’s Day had the highest number crashes involving impaired drivers. With March 17, 2018, falling on a Saturday, police are conducting random patrols, saturation patrols and sobriety checkpoints intended to make our roads safer.

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Indianapolis – If you’ve ever wondered is it possible to predict when and where a vehicle crash may occur, the answer to that question is “Yes”. The Indiana State Police engaged the services of the Management Performance Hub, commonly referred to as the MPH, to create an interactive website for the public and media to help the public make informed road travel decisions.

The result of the collaborative efforts of the Indiana State Police and the MPH was the development of the Indiana Daily Crash Prediction map. This interactive map can be found on the Indiana State Police website at this location: http://www.in.gov/isp/3268.htm.

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Indianapolis – Recently, Indiana State Police Superintendent Douglas Carter recognized Major Ed Schroder for 30 years of service on the Indiana State Police Department. Schroder was presented a certificate honoring his three decades of service to the citizens and visitors of Indiana.

Major Schroder is currently the north zone commander for the Indiana State Police. The north zone consists of the Indiana State Police posts at Lowell, Lafayette, Peru, Toll Road, Ft. Wayne, and Bremen. Schroder oversees the approximately 350 police and civilian personnel who work from those posts.

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Walton – The Indiana State Police, at the request of the Cass County Sheriff’s Department, is investigating a police involved shooting in which a Walton, IN, man died.

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Rural Peru – This morning at approximately 3:45 a.m., officers from the Indiana State Police, the Peru Police Department, the Cass County Sheriff’s Department, and the Miami County Sheriff’s Department responded to a two-vehicle crash on U.S. 31 at State Road 218 (west junction), in which a Mishawaka, IN man died.

A preliminary crash investigation by Trooper Matthew Moon revealed that Christine Wesner, 26, Wyatt, IN was driving a 2015 Chevrolet ambulance southbound on U.S. 31 approaching a red stoplight at State Road 218 (west junction). The ambulance failed to stop at the red light and hit a 2013 Dodge Dart on the driver’s side. The Dodge was driven by Joseph Farrar, 30, Brownsburg, IN. After the crash impact, the ambulance rolled onto its passenger side. The Dodge had the right of way and was in the intersection, on eastbound State Road 218, attempting a northbound turn. Wesner allegedly fell asleep prior to the crash.

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Indiana- On January 4, 2010, President Obama issued a proclamation naming January as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. This followed a 2007 Senate resolution naming January 11th as Human Trafficking Awareness Day. Indiana State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Officers (CVEOs) and Motor Carrier Inspectors (MCIs) are teaming up with officers from neighboring states to raise awareness of human trafficking.

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Peru – This morning at approximately 4:58 a.m., officers from the Indiana State Police, the Peru Police Department, and the Miami County Sheriff’s Department responded to a two-vehicle crash on U.S. 31 at Business 31, in which a Peru, IN man died.

A preliminary crash investigation by Trooper Dustin Rutledge revealed that Celena Borders, 41, Seymour, IN was driving a 2014 Freightliner semi-tractor, pulling a box trailer, northbound on U.S. 31 approaching a red stoplight at Business 31. The semi-tractor failed to stop for the red light and t-boned a 2005 Dodge pickup truck driven by Gregory Monin, 49, Peru, IN. The Dodge had the right away and was in the intersection, on Business 31, attempting a southbound turn.

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Peru, Indiana - Wednesday starting at 5:00 p.m. until Thursday at 3:30 a.m., troopers working from the Indiana State Police Peru Post conducted a saturation patrol targeting aggressive and impaired drivers in Miami, Wabash, Cass, Fulton, Grant, and Howard Counties. During the 10.5 hour period, officers concentrated their enforcement efforts on the heavily traveled roads of I-69, U.S. 31, State Road 37, and U.S.24. Troopers were able to remove three impaired drivers from Indiana roads before they potentially crashed and caused injuries to themselves or other motorists.