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ISP: Driving drunk with baby he rolls his vehicle on I-94

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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 infant passenger.

According to 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.

Troopers 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.

Swanson was 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.


Posted 12/12/2017




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