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"Ballerina" Arrested for OWI

(La Porte County, IN) - Police say a suspected impaired fish-tailing driver began dancing like a ballerina prior to being placed in handcuffs in Westville.


Kelley Hoffman, 45, of Cedar Lake has been charged with Operating a Vehicle while Intoxicated.


According to La Porte County Police, she was operating a pick-up truck before being stopped after turning from Indiana 2 onto Flynn Road at speeds fast enough to cause the back end of her vehicle to fishtail.


She was also reportedly driving without her headlights on just after 2 a.m. Thursday, the outside of the vehicle splattered with mud.


After the officer requested she walk a straight line as part of the process for determining impairment, Hoffman allegedly told the officer she was a ballerina before proceeding to act as if she were such, with both arms on top of her head while tiptoeing on her feet.


Police said Hoffman was arrested after refusing to submit to a certified blood alcohol test and for driving on a suspended license. In addition, she was given a warning ticket for unsafe starting and no headlights on display.


About an hour later, the vehicle she operated was reported stolen in Merrillville.

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