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Outburst Leads to OWI and Other Charges

(La Porte County, IN) - A suspected drunk driver physically assaulted A La Porte County Police officer.


49-year-old Toby Schweizer is charged with Operating While Intoxicated, Battery Against a Public Safety Official, and Resisting Law Enforcement.


At around eight o’clock on Sunday night, officers were called to Gallops, a gas station at U.S 20 and State Road 39. Witnesses reported Schweizer was causing a scene and yelling ethnic slurs at the employees.


According to police, Schweizer claimed a friend drove him there. However, video footage shows him pulling up in his pickup truck, getting out, and urinating in the parking lot.


Schweizer was at the hospital undergoing a blood alcohol test when he allegedly struck the officer in the chest and kicked him several times. He had a blood alcohol level close to three times the legal limit.


Schweizer, who lives near Michigan City, was charged with OWI as a level 6 felony due to a prior OWI conviction in Porter County in 2016.

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