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Police: Intoxicated 82-year-old driver crashes church bus in northwestern Indiana

LAKE COUNTY, Ind. (WISH) — Police say an intoxicated driver crashed a church bus in northwestern Indiana.

Indiana State Police has arrested 82-year-old Wilton Carr of Gary in the case.

Carr faces preliminary charges of:

  • Operating while intoxicated (OWI) causing bodily injury – level 6 felony
  • OWI with passengers under 18 years of age – level 6 Felony
  • OWI – class C misdemeanor
  • OWI endangerment – class A misdemeanor

Police say he was driving a “Jesus Saves Bus Ministry” bus on Monday night while returning from the United Center in Chicago. While headed eastbound on the I-80/90 Indiana Toll Road, police say he drove off the roadway, hit a dirt/gravel embankment, causing the front tires to leave the ground.

Several people were thrown from their seats.

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Police say 47 people were on board. One adult and four children were taken to a local hospital.

The bus is owned by Jesus Saves Missionary Baptist Church in Gary.