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.
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
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.
transported to Porter County Jail.