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Fleeing Driver Nabbed by Cell Phone Picture

(Michigan City, IN) - A picture taken with a cell phone helped police locate a suspected drunk driver fleeing the scene of a crash in Michigan City over the weekend.


Police said 64-year-old Pollyanna McNeil hit the back end of a car Saturday evening in the area of U.S. 12 and Karwick Road. McNeil fled, but the driver's son took a picture of her license plate with a cell phone. 


After using the license plate number to look up her address, law enforcement quickly located the woman at her apartment in Michigan City.


The woman claimed she had two cocktails, but officers noted she was very unsteady on her feet. She was also traveling just 20 miles per hour and swerving just before the minor collision.


McNeil was arrested for Class C misdemeanor operating while intoxicated after refusing a blood alcohol test. The other driver, Jeffrey Strain, 58, of Stevensville, Michigan, was not injured.

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