Truck driver with Arabic name cited by police for driving over veterans’ graves

Truck driver with Arabic name cited by police for driving over veterans’ graves

Elwood [Ill.] police have cited a truck driver after he allegedly entered the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery and ran an 18-wheel semitrailer over the graves of three veterans.

Disobeying the “No Truck” signs posted at the entrance to the cemetery off Route 53, the driver told police he was traveling Monday afternoon to a warehouse located at the nearby intermodal facility operated by CenterPoint Properties, according to a news release from Elwood initiative Safe Roads Illinois.

Identified by Elwood Police Chief Fred Hayes as Faraz Namdari, 43, of Chicago, the driver rolled the truck over the graves, narrowly missing several headstones, the release stated. Namdari was stopped by cemetery staff who notified police.

Police issued three citations to Namdari. He was cited with disobeying a 5-ton weight limit sign, operating an over-length truck and spilling debris on the roadway.

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