A Chesterton resident is facing a possible charge of operating while
intoxicated after Chesterton Police said that she registered a blood alcohol
content of more than four times the legal limit when she was stopped on
Saturday with children in her vehicle.
According to police, at 7:32 p.m. a 37-year-old woman with two children in
the back seat, both under the age of 10, was stopped in the area of Wabash
Ave. and Locust Street after an officer observed her “driving erratically by
going left of the center line, driving into the lawns of homes lining the
street, and also coming close to striking a NIPSCO work crew trimming tree
limbs on a lift.”
Police said that the woman showed signs of intoxication, failed several
field sobriety tests, and subsequently registered a blood alcohol content of
.348 percent on a blood test conducted at the Franciscan Alliance 24-hour ER
department on Indian Boundary Road.
“Due to the high level of intoxication”—due also to statements made to the
attending physician “about suicidal thoughts and being off of her depression
medication”—the woman was admitted to hospital, police said.
The CPD requested arrest warrants for the woman charging her with OWI-prior
conviction within five years and OWI-chidren under 18 in the vehicle, both
Class D felonies punishable by a term of six months to three years.
The children were released to the custody of a family member and the Indiana
Department of Family and Children was advised of the incident, police said.