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Chillin Driver on Ice

(La Porte County, IN) - A suspected intoxicated driver who told police she was just “chillin” felt the cold steel of handcuffs on her wrists.  Shalaywa Murphy, 40, of Michigan City is charged with operating while intoxicated after refusing a certified blood alcohol test, according to La Porte County Police.


Police said she was behind the wheel of a car sitting in the road early Sunday at 925 North and 300 West.  She told the approaching officer she was on Michigan Boulevard, which is in Michigan City several miles east of her rural location, police said.  According to police, the officer then asked her why she stopped in the roadway.  She replied “I’m not in the street, I’m chillin’, police said.


Police said a portable breathalyzer test revealed an elevated blood alcohol level but she refused to take a certified test.


Anyone refusing to take a certified test is automatically charged with OWI.

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