” “Safety along our roadways and our community is our highest goal. We were lucky to have one of our troopers be in the right place at the right time to potentially avoid another senseless tragedy.” Indiana State Police Lt. Mike Young
September 23, 2018-Indiana State Police say that quick action by Trooper Alaa Hamed likely avoided a “senseless tragedy.” According to the statement, Trooper Hamed was eastbound on the Indiana Toll Road near Calumet Avenue in Hammond at approximately 10:30 p.m. on Friday when he realized a vehicle was coming directly at him, travelling westbound in the eastbound lanes. “Hamed activated his emergency lights and the vehicle came to an immediate stop” according to the statement.
Hamed began speaking with the driver, identified as Charles R. Wireman, 25 of Demotte, IN, and immediately suspected that he was impaired according to the report. Upon further investigation Wireman was arrested for Operating While Intoxicated, Class C Misdemeanor, Operating While Intoxicated with blood alcohol concentration (B.A.C.) of .08% or more, Class C Misdemeanor, and Operating While Intoxicated Endangerment, Class A Misdemeanor. He was taken to Lake County jail in Crown Point where he was incarcerated. Police stated only that Wireman tested over the legal limit of .08% B.A.C.
Lieutenant Mike Young, commander of the ISP Toll Road District stated, “Safety along our roadways and our community is our highest goal. We were lucky to have one of our troopers be in the right place at the right time to potentially avoid another senseless tragedy.”