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Close Call for Officer in OWI Case

(La Porte County, IN) - A driver allegedly veered over the center line directly into the path of an oncoming La Porte County Police officer. Now, they're looking at possible prison time for allegedly being impaired.


According to La Porte County Police, the driver was traveling Johnson Road Friday evening when he veered into the opposite lane near 400 West. The oncoming sheriff's deputy pulled off the road to avoid a potential head-on collision, then did a U-turn and went after the driver.


The driver began traveling faster and turned onto a county road. The driver briefly lost the officer, who soon regained sight of the vehicle and stopped it.


The driver, Hayden Jarnukowski, allegedly had a blood alcohol level more than four times the legal limit. The 25-year-old La Porte area man was charged with a felony due to having a prior conviction for operating while intoxicated.

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