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Gun Recovered in OWI Arrest

(Rolling Prairie, IN) - La Porte County Police caught a man speeding then arrested him for drunk driving.


Police said an officer early Sunday was at the Family Express in Rolling Prairie when he heard and then spotted a speeding Dodge Challenger drive by. The officer climbed into his vehicle and caught up to the orange-colored sports car on U.S 20.


While traveling behind the suspect, police said the officer experienced a strong odor of what seemed to be marijuana. Police said a fully loaded handgun and a small amount of marijuana along with some pills were recovered during a traffic stop from the vehicle. There were also empty and partially consumed containers of beer and tequila in the vehicle, police said.


Artee Smith, 30, of South Bend, allegedly had a blood alcohol level two times the legal limit. Smith and his passenger were allegedly traveling to Michigan City when pulled over.

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