A Fort Wayne man was arrested Wednesday after he reportedly caused damage to the railroad crossing arms on U.S. 35 and did not stop to report the accident.
A Starke County officer notified dispatch that a semi truck driver was crossing the railroad tracks on U.S. 35 in Knox as the crossing arms were coming down and continued traveling north despite the falling crossing arms, causing damage to the equipment.
The driver, 42-year-old Elsadig Arabi, was stopped on U.S. 35 just south of 250 North. When police talked to Arabi and asked for his license and registration, he told police that he didn’t have his license – it was in his lost wallet. Officers searched the cab and spotted his wallet which had an Indiana identification card inside. Upon further investigation, officers learned that his license was suspended.
Arabi was taken into custody by Knox City Police and booked into the Starke County Jail on a preliminary charge of Failure to Stop after an Accident Causing Property Damage. The semi was towed from the scene. It is being held for an inspection by the Department of Transportation.