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Sleeping Driver in Accident Charged with OWI

(La Porte County, IN) - According to authorities, after drinking too much, a driver fell asleep behind the wheel on a major local highway and crashed. 25-year-old Luis Landeros is charged in La Porte Circuit Court with Operating While Intoxicated. 


According to court documents, the Chicago area man was driving erratically on the Indiana Toll Road after sunrise on Saturday. Another driver pulled beside him and honked her horn to get his attention. However, Landeros was sleeping, judging from his head slumped over the steering wheel.


It wasn’t long before he crashed into a ditch east of La Porte. Landeros tried to drive out of the ditch when troopers arrived, but his vehicle was stuck in the snow.


Police said he only gave a partial sample when blowing into a breathalyzer but still registered a blood-alcohol level nearly twice the legal limit. As a result, he was charged with a felony from having a previous OWI conviction. 

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