A Porter resident who served jail time more than 10 years ago—after pleading
guilty to charges of child neglect and operating while intoxicated in
connection with an accident which took the life of her 6-year-old
daughter—was arrested Thursday on charges of OWI, resisting law enforcement,
disorderly conduct, and possession of a legend drug, the Porter County
Sheriff’s Police said.
According to police, at 11:57 p.m. Christine Timm, 41, of 550 Francis St.,
was stopped in the area of U.S. Highway 12 and C.R. 500E after an officer
clocked her at 56 miles per hour in a zone posted at 40 mph. Police said
that the officer also observed Timm attempt to turn onto C.R. 500E but drive
instead into a grassy field.
Timm showed signs of intoxication and failed several field sobriety tests
but refused to submit to a chemical test, police said. A warrant for a blood
draw was subsequently obtained and executed at Porter hospital, on which
Timm registered a blood alcohol content of .24 percent and tested positive
for opiates, police said. Motorists in Indiana are considered legally
intoxicated when they score a B.A.C. of .08 percent or higher.
Police said that Timm resisted while being handcuffed and had to be
physically restrained and that while en route to Porter hospital she
screamed expletives at the investigating officer. Police also said that Timm
continued to scream expletives at officers at the hospital and “was
disrespectful to the staff.”
One tablet of Tramadol, a legend drug, was recovered from Timm’s person,
Timm—who was issued citations for speeding, improper turn at intersection,
and failure to obey a traffic control device—was transported to Porter
In his report the investigating officer quoted Timm—when asked whether she
had ever been convicted of OWI—as saying this: “In 1998 I was driving and my
5-year-old daughter was hanging out the window like a retard. I ran over her
and killed her.”
Timm was referring to an accident which occurred on July 20, 1998, when
Timm’s 6-year-old daughter Danielle fell under the car’s rear tire after
perching herself in the open window of the front passenger’s seat, as Timm
was westbound in the 500 block of Franklin Street. Timm advised that she
felt “a bump in the road” but police said that she continued driving another
265 feet before finally stopping.
Danielle died of a skull fracture and chest injuries.
Timm registered a B.A.C. of .151 percent on a blood test while a urine test
showed the presence of marijuana and amphetamines in her system.
In 1999, Timm pleaded guilty to neglect of a dependent and OWI in a plea
agreement under which she would have served no jail time. But Porter Circuit
Court Judge Mary Harper—calling the case “an absolute tragedy”—rejected the
terms of the agreement and instead sentenced Timm to three years with all
but 120 days suspended, 60 of those days to be served in jail and the other
60 in community service. Timm was also placed on 32 months of formal
probation, with six of those months on home detention.
In addition, Harper suspended Timm’s license for 90 days, ordered her to
undergo counseling, and ordered her to be responsible for obtaining
counseling for the other four children who were in her car at the time of
Finally, Harper ordered Timm to abstain from alcohol and drug use.