North Carolina trucker accused of driving erratically on I-24 near Paducah

PADUCAH, KY — A North Carolina truck driver was arrested on I-24 near Paducah after his semi was seen swerving on the road.

Paducah police say around 8:46 p.m. on Wednesday, officers were called to Interstate 24 on report of a truck “all over the roadway.”

Traffic was back up behind the truck as it was travelling 35 miles per hour. The driver, 54-year-old Ricky Allen of Lenoir, North Carolina, did not stop until an officer pulled his cruiser along the cab of the truck.

The truck was damaged, and officers determined that it had struck a road sign near Exit 7.

Hinson had bloodshot eyes and slurred speech. Officers searched his truck and found synthetic marijuana and a smoking pipe. Hinson admitted to smoking the drug about 20-30 minutes before being arrested.

Hinson was taken to the McCracken County Regional Jail and was charged with careless driving, driving a commercial vehicle under the influence, leaving the scene of an accident, possession of synthetic marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and first-degree wanton endangerment.

Police are still looking for witnesses. Anyone who saw the truck driving erratically is asked to call the Paducah Police Department at 270-444-8550.

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