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Naked driver arrested after speeding in construction zone

A Chicopee man faces charges including drunken driving and speeding after State Police said he was found naked while behind the wheel of a pickup truck on Interstate 91 Tuesday.

Alexander Shanwenda, 24, of Chicopee, was arrested on I-91 southbound after reaching a speed of 105 miles per hour in a 45 mile-per-hour construction zone in Whately, police said.

The State Police Northampton Barracks initially reported that a black 2005 Ford pickup with Massachusetts registration was driving erratically and speeding on the highway Tuesday evening. The vehicle was soon spotted by a trooper when it changed lanes without signaling and nearly hit a box truck, according to State Police.


The pickup then accelerated through the construction zone and drove on with the trooper following, before eventually slowing down in traffic in Northampton. The trooper pulled the pickup over around 6:40 p.m.

After approaching the vehicle, the trooper saw Shanwenda wearing no clothes with only a pair of work pants placed on his lap, State Police said.

Shanwenda failed several field sobriety tests at the scene and was placed under arrest, State Police said.

Shanwenda was charged with operating under the influence of liquor, operating to endanger, marked lanes violation, and speeding in a construction zone, State Police said.

Shanwenda’s bail was set at personal recognizance, and he will be arraigned in Holyoke District Court.

Ben Thompson can be reached at ben.thompson@globe.com.