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OWI Charges in Near Crash with Police

(La Porte, IN) - Charges are filed against an alleged drunk driver who nearly struck a La Porte City Police officer head-on.


37-year-old Elizabeth Ashby was behind the wheel five days ago.  According to Police, she was on State Road 2 in Westville traveling eastbound in the westbound lane.  Meanwhile, an oncoming La Porte City Police officer veered into a ditch to avoid a collision.


Police said the officer pulled out of the ditch and began following the vehicle, which resembled a pinball in a pinball machine as the driver was unable to remain in the proper lane.  Her vehicle struck a curb, and nearly struck another curb, while turning on U.S. 421. 


The La Porte woman allegedly had a blood-alcohol level more than four times the legal limit.  Police said she was charged with a felony due to a prior OWI conviction within the past seven years. 

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