Michael Heinold, the Republican candidate for the South District seat on the
Porter County Board of Commissioners, was arrested Saturday on a charge of
operating while intoxicated, the Porter County Sheriff’s Police said.
According to police, at 12:18 a.m. Heinold, 45, of 114E 50S in Morgan
Township, was stopped in the area of U.S. Highway 30 and Horse Prairie Ave.
for “having only one functioning headlight.”
Heinold “apologized for the headlight violation and informed me that he
knows the light is broken and has been driving with his high beams on,” the
investigating officer stated in his report.
Heinold showed signs of intoxication and admitted to having had “a few beers
with a couple of Jim Beam and Cokes at the Franklin House earlier,” the
Heinold subsequently passed one field sobriety test but failed two others
and registered a blood alcohol content .13 percent on a chemical test, the
officer stated. Motorists in Indiana are considered legally intoxicated when
they score a B.A.C. of .8 percent or higher.
Heinold—who was issued a citation for improper headlights—was transported to
Porter County Jail.
Heinold is running against Democrat Laura Shurr Blaney for the open South
District seat on the Porter County Commissioners.
Election Day is on Tuesday, Nov. 6.