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I-94: Charged with OWI, no-travel violation

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A motorist was arrested Friday on charges of operating while intoxicated and no-travel order violation, following a traffic stop on I-80/94 in Lake County, the Indiana State Police said.

According to police, at 8 p.m. the Lowell Regional Dispatch Center began receiving reports of an erratic driver operating a maroon Pontiac in the eastbound lanes of I/80/94 in the area of Cline Ave. Subsequent reports advised that the driver had struck a concrete median wall, then exited and stopped on the Grant Ave. ramp.

A trooper located the driver, identified as Clinton Triplett, 49, of Chicago, who was standing outside his vehicle after locking himself out of it, police said.

Triplett, who showed signs of intoxication, refused to submit to a certified chemical test, so a warrant for a blood draw was obtained and executed at Methodist Hospital Southlake Campus in Merrillville, police said.

Triplett was booked into the Lake County Jail on charges of operating while intoxicated and violation of a no-travel order.

“The Indiana State Police reminds citizens that if you drive impaired during this Essential Travel Only order, you can be charged with violating said order, in addition to operating while intoxicated,” police said.


Posted 3/30/2020




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