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Valparaiso Police: Multiple charges filed against Dunelander

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A Chesterton resident was arrested Tuesday on multiple charges following an accident, Valparaiso Police said.

Eva Menconi, 37, with a listed address of 4050 Westwood Lane South, was charged with operating while intoxicated, leaving the scene of an accident, disorderly conduct, resisting law enforcement, intimidation, and possession of marijuana, police said.

According to police, at 7:31 p.m. officers responded to a report of a hit-and-run in the area of Campbell Street and Chicago Street, after a woman driving a black Chevrolet Tahoe struck another vehicle. A witness at the scene advised officers that he’d attempted to prevent the woman from leaving, by blocking her Tahoe with his own vehicle, but that fearful of his vehicle being struck as well he withdrew, police said. The suspect vehicle was last seen heading southbound on Campbell Street.

A black Tahoe was subsequently located by an officer at the intersection of Campbell Street and Jefferson Street, where the officer made contact with the vehicle’s sole occupant, identified as Menconi, police said. A that time Menconi advised the officer that “I accidentally hit that car,” police said. She added that she’d been wearing her seatbelt and was uninjured.

Police said that Menconi showed signs of intoxication, failed several field sobriety tests, and subsequently registered an “ethanol level of 269 mg/dL (0.269)” on a blood test conducted at the Valparaiso Medical Center.

While at the medical center, police said, Menconi “made multiple abusive statements toward hospital staff” and that despite warnings from officers continued an “abusive attitude and vulgar use of profanity” in the presence of children.

Police also said that during the blood draw Menconi “began kicking” in an officer’s direction, struck a nurse in the hand, and on being escorted back to the reception area “defiantly pulled away from (an officer), attempting to free herself.”

Then, while in the intake area, Menconi “looked at (an officer) and stated ‘I’m going to find out your address--that’s a threat,’” police said. When the officer asked Menconi whether she was threatening him, she replied “No, but I’ll find you,” police said.

During an inventory of Menconi’s possessions, 4.9 grams of marijuana were found in a plastic bag in her purse, police said.

Menconi was transported to Porter County Jail.



Posted 12/21/2106





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