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NILES Driver jailed after load spills



Published: Wed, September 11, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.



Firefighters spread some of the spilled sealant over an adjacent parking lot.

NILES -- A Youngstown man was in city jail here awaiting a municipal court appearance this morning after police said he ran from them and tried to swim across Meander Creek.

The truck he was driving flipped over, spilling driveway sealant and closing state Route 46 for two hours.

David R. Hagens Jr., 34, of Benita Avenue, was charged with failure to control, DUI, driving under license suspension, having expired plates, driving an unsafe vehicle and leaving the scene of an accident.

Police said the truck had bald tires, a nonfunctioning headlight and an inoperable exhaust system and lacked a safety latch on the tank opening.

What happened

Hagens was northbound in the 500 block of South Main Street (Route 46) when he lost control of the 1972 Ford truck he was driving, and it flipped over on a curve onto its passenger side and spilled its load at 5:01 p.m. Tuesday, police said.

Firefighters said the truck tank had a 1,000-gallon capacity and was carrying about 750 gallons, of which about 500 gallons spilled onto the road.

Firefighters sealed an adjacent parking lot with some of the spilled sealant, and the street department applied dirt to the road so it wouldn't be slippery if it rained.

Firefighters built an earthen dike around a storm sewer catch basin to keep the sealant from entering the sewer, said Lt. Rodney Freel. He also said firefighters checked the creek and found no sealant there.

Police said Hagens ran into the woods toward the creek while they were trying to speak with him. He began swimming across it before deciding to return to police.

Firefighters hosed off Hagens, who was covered with sealant and mud, at the accident scene. There were no injuries.




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