TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) - One Indiana State Police trooper finished up her weekend by helping take down a "hot truck" and sifting through 2,000 pounds of contaminated seafood along a nearby state road.
According to Indiana State Police (ISP), at roughly 6:30 Sunday evening, Trooper Ashley Kelly of ISP's Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division was called by the Tippecanoe County Sheriff's Office about a traffic stop deputies had made on a white International straight truck.
The sheriff's office told Kelly deputies had stopped the truck for making an illegal U-turn on State Road 38 just east of Interstate 65 when they discovered the truck was hauling seafood – and the refrigeration unit was not working.
The truck was escorted to the Lafayette post of ISP where Kelly inspected the truck and the driver, identified as 66-year-old William S. Sligh of Hixson, Tenn. Sligh was also the owner of the truck.
Kelly said she found the internal temperature of the truck was in the mid-50s when the allowable temperature is 41 degrees Fahrenheit.
Sligh was hauling 2,000 pounds of whole fish, which was promptly thrown into Dumpsters when the county board of health arrived.
Sligh was cited for false registration, insurance violation and an illegal U-turn by the sheriff's office. Meanwhile, ISP Trooper Kelly cited and put the driver and truck out of service for 19 motor carrier violations, including state Food Law and log book violations.
The truck was impounded and towed to Jim's Garage.
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