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Man Charged in Two Accidents Blamed on Alcohol

(La Porte, IN) - If the allegations are true, a La Porte area man needs to give up the bottle or quit driving.  64-year old Jay Malstaff is accused of causing two motor vehicle crashes in just two days.  He was charged in La Porte Circuit Court with operating while intoxicated in each of the cases.


According to police, Malstaff on Saturday was driving the wrong way on State Road 2 before striking another vehicle on La Porte’s east side.  Police said he was found after the collision in the nearby Burger King parking lot.


Two days before that, Malstaff is accused of hitting the back end of a semi-truck on U.S. 35 in Kingbury.  Each time, police said his blood alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit.


Malstaff also has a prior OWI conviction from 2016.  He was still being held Friday in the La Porte County Jail. 

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