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State trooper injured in hit-and-run on I-94

Updated: September 4, 2014 6:55AM



MUNSTER — An Indiana State Police trooper was injured early Saturday by a driver who fled on foot before being captured, police said.

Authorities said Sgt. Dwayne Dillahunty’s injuries were not life-threatening.

Dillahunty was standing outside his cruiser on the inner shoulder of eastbound Interstate 80/94 timing vehicles about 1:30 a.m. Saturday when an SUV went off the road and struck his car, police said. The cruiser then struck Dillahunty, knocking him into the concrete median barrier.

Police said the SUV’s driver, 43-year-old Norris Benbow of Chicago, fled on foot but was arrested by Munster police just south of the interstate.

Indiana State Police Cpl. Carl Hall said Benbow was being held at Lake County Jail on charges of driving while intoxicated causing bodily injury, leaving the scene of a personal injury crash and driving while suspended.

Benbow, tested at Munster Community Hospital, had a blood-alcohol content of 0.14 percent, Hall said.

Hall also said Dillahunty was released from the hospital and was recuperating at home.

“He was hurt, but not too badly, thank God,” Hall said.

Contributing: Michelle L. Quinn



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