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[ISP] Driver Runs Light, Resulting in Multiple Charges
Start Date: 2/21/2013Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 2/21/2013End Time: 11:59 PM
Entry Description

Anderson – Yesterday shortly after 11:30 p.m. Pendleton Trooper Brad Quakenbush was driving his fully marked police car south on Brown-Delaware St. in Anderson. As he approached the intersection at 8th St. he got the green light. But, knowing that running automatic signals is a leading cause for crashes in Indiana, he slowed before entering the intersection and looked both ways.

From his right he saw a quickly approaching east bound yellow Pontiac that was obviously approaching too fast to stop. The Pontiac ran the light in front of Quakenbush, who activated his lights and went after the vehicle. The Pontiac pulled into a gas station and stopped at the pumps. As the driver exited the vehicle two plastic baggies with plant material fell out onto the ground.

Investigation revealed the driver, Diante Eshawn Johnson, age 33 of Anderson, was driving while his license was suspended, and was wanted on misdemeanor warrants from Elwood City Court and Marion County. In addition to the warrants and driving while suspended, Johnson was charged with possession of marijuana, “A” Misdemeanor, and operating while intoxicated, endangerement, Class “A” Misdemeanor.

Running traffic signals and stop signs remains one of the top three causes of crashes in Indiana. This case is a reminder to motorists that even when you have the green light or the right of way, you should still check in all directions before pulling out.

The Indiana State Police remains committed to reducing crashes and monitoring the top causes for crashes. Motorists are encouraged to report suspected impaired drivers by calling 911. Give a vehicle description, location, and direction of travel. Never follow an impaired driver.

All suspects are presumed innocent until proven in a court of law.

Contact Information:
Name: Sgt. John Bowling
Phone: 765-778-2121
Diante Eshawn Johnson
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