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Rocky Arrest of Suspected Drunk Driver

(La Porte County, IN) - Police had their hands full arresting a suspected drunk driver near Michigan City this week. 63-year-old Paul Solitro is charged with OWI, intimidation, and resisting law enforcement.


According to La Porte County Police, the Chicago man was clocked at 81 miles per hour on U.S. 20 near 400 West just before 6 p.m. on Wednesday. Police say the man was verbally aggressive toward an officer and physically resisted attempts to place him into custody.


At one point, an officer had to take him to the ground, and an off-duty officer showed up to help put the man in handcuffs.


According to police, the suspect also failed to cooperate at the hospital, where he was taken to have a blood sample taken to determine how much alcohol he allegedly consumed.


Solitro continued to then be combative at the county jail. The intimidation charge stems from Solitro verbally threatening the officer.


According to police, the man claimed to have had one beer, but symptoms like difficulty walking and a strong odor of alcohol on his breath indicated much greater consumption.

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