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.
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.