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Wrong Way Driver Suspected to be Impaired

(La Porte County, IN) - A female driver traveling the wrong way on a four-lane highway outside La Porte was suspected to be under the influence of alcohol and marijuana, per the La Porte County Police.


An officer Saturday night spotted a vehicle turn from Boyd Boulevard southbound into the northbound lanes of U.S. 35. The officer, with his flashing lights and siren activated, was catching up to the vehicle when he measured her speed at more than 90 miles per hour.


The driver stopped before continuing southbound and westbound on 250 South and stopping for a final time. 


According to police, there was an odor of alcohol and burnt marijuana coming from the driver’s breath and the inside of her vehicle. Right away, the burnt end of several marijuana cigarettes were found underneath the gas pedal and in other places in the vehicle. A black vape with a THC vape cartridge inserted into the device was located in her right front pocket.


Several more vape cartridges were also allegedly found in the 2011 BMW.


Natalia Chrzaszcz, 22, of La Porte was arrested for operating while intoxicated and reckless driving.  Police said she registered a .062 percent blood alcohol level on a portable breathalyzer. However, investigators are still waiting for the results of a blood test from the Indiana State Department of Toxicology before moving forward with the case. 

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