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Suspected drunk driver pretends to panhandle after hitting an ODOT truck on I-90 in Cleveland

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Posted at 6:21 AM, May 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-23 08:08:29-04

CLEVELAND — An ODOT truck was hit by a driver who walked off and pretended to be a panhandler early Thursday morning in Cleveland.

According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, the ODOT crew was patching potholes along I-90 east near the East 152nd Street overpass when a suspected drunk driver hit the ODOT pickup truck.

Suspected drunk driver pretends to panhandle after hitting an ODOT truck on I-90 in Cleveland

Troopers said that after the crash the driver walked off with a laundry pod container full of money.

Troopers and Cleveland police eventually located the man with the laundry soap container standing at the end of the exit ramp. He told officers that he was just panhandling at the end of the ramp and had nothing to do with the crash.

When asked if he wanted his phone from the car, he responded "yes" and was arrested.

Troopers said at least one ODOT worker was evaluated at the scene but refused any treatment.

The suspect was taken into custody by OSHP and transported to a local hospital for evaluation and drug and alcohol testing before he will eventually be taken to jail.

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