Man finds drunken trucker stopped on Illinois road

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TROY, Ill. (AP) _ State police are crediting a vigilant motorist with helping get a drunken driver off the road after the man pulled over to find out why a tractor trailer was stopped with its turn signal still blinking on a highway in southeastern Illinois.

The (Belleville) News Democrat reports ( ) the motorist stopped Saturday when he spotted the vehicle on state Route 162 near Troy. Initially, he thought the driver might have had a medical emergency.

But Illinois State Police spokesman Calvin Dye Jr. says the man noticed the driver’s speech was slurred and called police.

The trucker was arrested and charged with driving under the influence.

He was taken to Madison County Jail. Authorities were not releasing his name, pending arraignment.

Dye praised the passerby, saying “he possibly saved somebody’s life.”