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Impaired Driver Tied to Fallen NIPSCO Pole

(La Porte County, IN) - An alleged drunk driver near Michigan City is blamed for snapping a utility pole dangling above the ground from the power lines.


Kayla Beck, 30, had a blood-alcohol level more than three times the .08-percent legal limit, according to La Porte County Police.


Police said Beck early Saturday hit two mailboxes and a NIPSCO pole on Johnson Road near 450 North. Her red Mercury Mariner wound up stuck beneath the pole held up by the power lines with heavy front-end damage.


According to police, when asked to step from the vehicle, Beck nearly fell backward and also raised suspicions was a bottle of bourbon whiskey on the floorboard of her vehicle. A blood sample taken from the woman contained a .269-percent blood alcohol level.

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