An Indiana State
Police trooper sitting in his squad car on Saturday with a suspected
impaired driver was rear-ended by a second suspected impaired driver.
police, at 12:10 a.m. Trooper Ala’a Hamed was sitting in his fully marked
squad car on the west shoulder near the intersection of Broadway and 15th
Ave. in Gary, having detained a man suspected of operating while
intoxicated, when he “heard what sounded like a car crashing.” Hamed then
saw, in his rear-view mirror, a Chevrolet coup sideswipe a parked van, then
“ricochet off and hit the rear of his police car,” which was “out of
traffic” at the time, with its emergency lights activated, police said.
Hamed first asked
the man detained in his squad car, Mario L. Rodriguez, 48, of Valparaiso,
whether he was all right. Rodriguez said that he was, at which time Hamed
made contact with the driver who had rear-ended him, identified as Ashley P.
Brown, 36, of Hammond, police said.
Brown showed signs
of intoxication and registered a blood alcohol content of .13 percent on a
certified chemical test, police said. Rodriguez, for his part, registered a
B.A.C. of .16 percent on a certified chemical test, police said.
transported to Lake County Jail.