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Impaired driver arrested after trooper saw him almost hit telephone pole

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John Thornton. Source: Indiana State Police John Thornton. Source: Indiana State Police

An impaired Evansville driver was arrested late Friday night after a state trooper saw him almost hit a telephone pole.

Around 11:30 p.m. Friday night, a trooper was patrolling the west side of Evansville when he stopped at a red light behind 43-year-old John Thornton on Broadway Avenue at the Barker Avenue intersection.

When the traffic light turned green, the trooper said Thornton accelerated, spinning tires and sliding sideways off the north side of the roadway and almost hitting a telephone pole.

The trooper immediately stopped the driver, and while talking to Thornton, smelled a strong odor of alcohol. ISP say Thornton's eyes were bloodshot and his balance was unstable.

Thornton was transported to the Vanderburgh County Jail where he refused to submit to a breathalyzer test.

Further investigation revealed Thornton was a habitual traffic violator and didn't have a valid driver's license.

Thornton is currently being held in the Vanderburgh County Jail without bond. He was arrested on a charge of driving while intoxicated and a habitual traffic violator for life charge.

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