WESTVILLE — A South Bend woman was arrested on drunk driving charges after rolling her vehicle over on U.S. 421 near the Purdue Northwest Westville campus.
Cecilia A. Martin, 34, was arrested on misdemeanor charges of operating while intoxicated with a BAC of .15 or more, and OWI, according to the La Porte County Sheriff’s Dept.
About 11 p.m. Feb. 7, the sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a rollover accident near near CR-100 South and U.S. 421. According to a sheriff’s department report, PNW Police were first on scene and reported the accident.
A sheriff’s deputy found the driver, identified as Martin, sitting inside the Purdue officer’s police car with her dog. As Martin exited the vehicle to speak with the deputy, she stumbled and had to grab the car door to keep from falling, the report said.
Martin told the deputy she was traveling eastbound on Quince Road and taking back roads to her residence on Brick Road, the report said. But those roads do not exist in La Porte County and are located in St. Joseph County.
Martin said as she traveled went through the intersection, hit a patch of ice and engaged her brakes. She told the deputy she lost control of her vehicle, ran off of the road and it rolled over, the report said.
While speaking with Martin, deputies noticed the odor of an alcoholic beverage on her breath, and observed her speech to be slurred and her balance swayed, the report said.
When asked if she had consumed an alcoholic beverage prior to operating the vehicle, Martin said, “Two or three glasses of wine like three hours ago,” according to police.
After failing field sobriety tests, she submitted to a preliminary breath test, which resulted in a .273 percent blood alcohol content, the report said. The legal limit is .08.
La Porte County EMS then arrived on scene, but Martin refused medical treatment.
The deputy found Martin’s white 2015 Kia Soul on its roof on the west side of the roadway. Tracks showed the vehicle appeared to be traveling southbound on U.S. 421 before attempting to make a turn westbound onto Orthodontic Center Drive, the report said.
The vehicle appeared to have run off of the road and collided with a large metal light pole before rolling onto its roof, the report said. The deputy also found a Bud Light beer can in the vehicle.
Martin later agreed to a certified chemical test and was transported to La Porte Hospital’s Emergency Room, where she was found to have a BAC of .294 percent, the report said.
Martin was then transported to the La Porte County Jail, and La Porte County Animal Control took possession of her dog for safekeeping, police said.
—From staff reports