Erratic driving leads to OWI charges

Timothy Grantham

PORTER – A Michigan City man is free on bond after being arrested for erratic driving and found to have THC, cocaine and controlled medication in his system last week, according to police.

Timothy John Grantham, 24, was pulled over by Porter Police about 6:30 p.m. Friday for erratic driving, failed field sobriety tests and was found to have the drugs in the system through court-ordered blood and urine testing after refusing to submit to a chemical test, according to a police report.

He was charged with a felony count of operating while intoxicated with a prior arrest; and misdemeanor counts of OWI, OWI over .15 percent, and OWI with endangerment, according to court records. He was taken to the Porter County Jail before being released on bond, according to the Porter County Sheriff's Department.

Porter Police received a call just after 6 p.m. Friday about a car "driving all over the roadway" and "at one point stopping in the middle of the roadway" on U.S. 20. They spotted the vehicle going south on Ind. 49 near Indian Boundary Road.

After seeing the car drive partially out of its lane, police tried to pull the car over, but it kept going until finally stopping in a parking lot on Porter Avenue, according to the report.

The driver, later identified as Grantham, had "extremely bloodshot eyes and constricted pupils," spoke slowly and mumbled, and had a "white foamy substance on the corner of his mouth," the report said. He allegedly told police he was likely swerving because he was looking at his GPS.

After Grantham failed all three field sobriety tests, police found a green leafy substance in the vehicle, which later tested positive for cannabis or synthetic cannabis, the report said.

He was taken to the Porter Police Department after refusing to take a chemical test, and after receiving a warrant, was taken to Franciscan Medical Center in Chesterton for blood and urine tests, police said.

The urine screen tested positive for THC, cocaine and benzodiazapine, a controlled medication, police said. Grantham allegedly told police he did not have a medical condition.

A review of his driving also showed a prior OWI conviction in April 2018 in La Porte County, police said. The vehicle was impounded and Grantham was also ticketed for unsafe lane movement. His next appearance in Porter Superior Court 4 is pending.

—From staff reports

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