police departments were responsible for 150 OWI arrests in the 12-month
period October 2015 to October 2016.
That’s one OWI
arrest every 60 hours.
Of those 150
arrests, the Chesterton Police Department made 87, led by Office Aaron
Miersma’s 38--the single highest number of OWI arrests of any officer in
Porter County during those 12 months.
In second place on
the CPD, with 11 arrests: Sgt. Antonio Alfaro.
The Burns Harbor
Police Department made 41 OWI arrests and of those Officer Tim Lucas made
32, the second highest number in the county.
The Porter Police
Department made 22 OWI arrests, led by Officer Dan Dickey’s 11 and Officer
Marty Gonzalez’s three.
The Porter County
Sheriff’s Police, not surprisingly, made the most OWI arrests of any law
enforcement in the county, with 262.
Officers Tim Bell
and Dan Alonzo each made 28 arrests and Officer Meredith Brockman made 26.
The total number of
OWI arrests made in Porter County in the 12-month period: 1,044.
All of these
officers were honored by the Porter County Drunk Driving Task Force at its
annual breakfast in December.
The Phoenix Award
Also honored at the
breakfast event with The Phoenix Award were those police officers who used
their department-issued Narcan anti-opioid kits to save the life of an
Two officers on the
Chesterton Police Department were so honored: Cpl. John Carnahan and Cpl.
Seven officers on
the PCSP were presented with the Phoenix Award as well: Officer Brian Lambka,
who saved two lives; Officer Meredith Brockman; Officer Derek Cadwell;
Officer Chris Winterhaler; Officer Justin Reeder; Sgt. Jeremy Chavez; and
Sgt. Larry LaFlower.
The Portage Police
Department saved a total of 14 overdose victims’ lives through the use of
the Narcan kits; the PCSP, eight; the Valparaiso Police Department, six; and
the CPD, two.