A Lake County
Sheriff’s Police officer was arrested early this morning on a charge of
operating while intoxicated, following an accident in Schererville, the
Indiana State Police said.
According to the
ISP, at 3 a.m. the Schererville PD was dispatched to the scene of a crash in
the 5400 block of 75th Ave., where officers made contact with LCSP Sgt.
Joseph Hardiman, 34.
The ISP said that
investigation determined that Hardiman--driving his personal vehicle, a 2009
Ford van--had swerved to avoid a deer in the road and in doing so had struck
a parked unoccupied vehicle. “Damage to both vehicles was substantial, the
investigation, Hardiman registered a blood alcohol content of .19 percent on
a certified chemical test and was transported to Lake County Jail, the ISP
The ISP assisted
the SPD with its investigation.