A Chicago resident
was arrested Saturday on a charge of operating while intoxicated after the
Indiana State Police said that he rolled his vehicle on I-80/94 with an
police, early Saturday morning troopers responded to the scene of a
two-vehicle crash in the eastbound lanes of I-80/94 near the Kennedy Ave.
exit in Lake County. Witnesses at the scene advised the troopers that they
observed a man fleeing the rollover on foot “carrying a small child while he
ran,” police said.
subsequently located the man, identified as Johnelle Swanson, 32, as well as
the infant, at the nearby Hampton Inn, police said.
The infant was
treated for minor injuries and then released to the mother, police said.
Swanson, in the
meantime, showed signs of intoxication but refused to submit to any testing,
police said. A warrant for a blood draw was then obtained and executed, and
police said that Swanson registered a blood alcohol content in excess of .08
percent. Motorists in Indiana are considered legally intoxicated when they
score a B.A.C. of .08 percent or higher.
transported to Lake County Jail and charged with OWI and leaving the scene
of an accident. He was also issued citations for an open container violation
and no valid driver’s license, police said.