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February 21, 2013

Anderson driver faces several charges after running light

ANDERSON, Ind. — An Anderson man who ran a red light in front of a marked Indiana State Police car late Wednesday was arrested on several preliminary charges, police said.

Diante Eshawn Johnson, 33, of Anderson was arrested and charged with driving while suspended, possession of marijuana and operating while intoxicated endangerment. Johnson was also wanted in connection with warrants out of Elwood City Court and Marion County, according to state police.

This is what happened, according to an ISP press release:

Just after 11:30 p.m., Pendleton Trooper Brad Quakenbush was driving his fully marked police car south on Brown-Delaware Street in Anderson. Quakenbush got the green light at the intersection at Eighth Street but slowed before entering looking both ways.

From his right, Quakenbush saw a yellow Pontiac traveling eastbound too fast to stop at the intersection. It ran the light in front of Quakenbush who activated his lights and went after the vehicle, which pulled into a gas station and stopped at the pumps. As the driver exited the vehicle two plastic bags containing plant material fell onto the ground.  

Running traffic signals and stop signs remains one of the top three causes of crashes in Indiana, state police said.

Police said this case is a reminder to motorists that even when they have the green light or the right of way, they should still check in all directions before pulling out.

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