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New Year Rings Sour for Driver

(Westville, Indiana) - After way too much New Year’s Eve celebrating, a man should not have climbed behind the wheel of a car.


26-year old Dakota Janus was arrested in Westville less than 30 minutes before the clock struck midnight.


According to La Porte County Police, the bright lights on his Dodge Charger were on, and the car was not moving for an extended period at U.S. 6 and Indiana 2. Janus sat there until the officer stepped out to investigate where he was soon pulled over.


Police said the Hobart man told the officer he had two beers. However, a test revealed an alleged blood alcohol level of .327-percent, which is more than four times the .08-percent legal limit. In addition, inside one of his pockets were three 1.7 ounce souvenir bottles containing Jack Daniels whiskey.


The charge was upgraded to a Level 6 Felony because of a prior OWI conviction.

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