Trucker arrested after shower incident, battery

From local sources

HAUBSTADT — Police arrested an out-of-state truck driver after a Tuesday morning incident at a truck stop south of Haubstadt that included the battering of a truck stop employee.


Indiana State Police were called at 6:10 a.m. CDT to the Pilot Travel Center at U.S. 41 and Warrenton Road in Gibson County.

An investigation determined 43-year-old trucker Edward Raber of Sharon, Pa., entered the truck stop’s shower facility without paying and allegedly defecated in the shower stall. Restrooms were nearby, police noted.

An employee who approached Raber after noticing what occurred was shoved by the trucker. Raber exited the building and the employee who was shoved and two other employees walked outside to take pictures of Raber’s 2000 Peterbilt tractor-trailer and its license plate.

Raber drove out of the parking lot but re-entered within seconds and drove directly toward the three employees. Two of the employees jumped out of the way but the third — who was the individual who had been shoved — was struck by the truck’s front bumper. He was knocked to the ground but later declined to be transported from the scene by ambulance.

Raber drove south on U.S. 41. A trooper located the rig near I-64 and U.S. 231 at about 8 a.m. CDT.

He was arrested without incident and booked into the Gibson County Jail where he is being held without bond.

Police charged Raber with misdemeanor counts of criminal recklessness with a vehicle, reckless driving, battery and trespassing.

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