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Michigan man charged with OWI in Indiana 49 crash

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An Allegan, Mich., resident was arrested Wednesday on a charge of operating while intoxicated, following a three-vehicle accident on Ind. 49 which injured another motorist, Chesterton Police said.

According to police, at 3:38 p.m. Seth W. Belden, 28, was northbound on Ind. 49 when he rear-ended a second vehicle stopped for a red light at the intersection of Gateway Blvd. The impact of the collision drove the second vehicle into the rear of a third, police said.

The driver of the second vehicle was a Michigan City resident; the driver of the third vehicle, a Westchester Township resident.

Police said that the Michigan City resident complained of neck pain.

Belden, for his part, showed signs of intoxication, failed several field sobriety tests, and subsequently registered a blood alcohol content of .13 percent, police said. Motorists in Indiana are considered legally intoxicated when they score a B.A.C. of .08 percent or higher.

Belden--who was issued a citation for following too closely--was transported to Porter County Jail. Beldenís dog was taken into custody by Porter County Animal Control and transported to the Animal Shelter, police said.



Posted 5/23/2014