and violation of the
no-travel order, following a two-vehicle accident on the Indiana Toll Road
in Lake County, the Indiana State Police said.
police, at 3 p.m. two vehicles collided at the Lake Station toll plaza in a
crash witnessed by an off-duty firefighter, who called 911 and reported that
one of the drivers was leaving the scene. A trooper subsequently located
that vehicle, driven by Shannon L. Taylor, 47, of Chicago, in the westbound
lanes of I-80/94 in the area of the 13.8 mile marker, police said.
Taylor was taken
into custody without incident, after which a K-9 unit dispatched to the
scene alerted to the presence of a controlled substance inside the vehicle,
police said. Six small bags of suspected heroin were recovered from the
vehicle and Taylor “admitted to using a controlled substance approximately
an hour and a half prior to the incident,” police said.
Taylor was booked
into the Lake County Jail on charges of possession of heroin, leaving the
scene of an accident while intoxicated, operating while
intoxicated-controlled substance, and violation of a no-travel order, police
“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.