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Sleeping But Still Charged with OWI

(La Porte County, IN) - He allegedly drank potentially lethal amounts of alcohol and fell asleep in a gas station parking lot behind the wheel.


57-year-old Ronald Lamparski is charged with operating while intoxicated. According to La Porte County Police, Lamparski was parked Sunday afternoon with his engine running at the Speedway station at U.S. 35 and U.S. 20. His Cadillac SUV was facing the wrong way at an exit.


Police said the officer kept knocking on the driver's side window until he woke up. Two coolers containing cans of Miller Lite and possibly other alcoholic beverages were found in the vehicle. 


The Florida man had a blood alcohol level close to five times the legal .08-percent limit. "Probable cause" based on Lamparski's driving was established when he revealed having two beers in Crown Point.


There were no other passengers in the vehicle, police said.   

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