Police: man who ran from crash had BAC over .3 percent

September 6, 2018

MICHIGAN CITY – A Michigan City man who crawled out of his overturned car after a crash on Sunday and ran from police, was later captured and found to have a blood alcohol content nearly four times the legal limit, according to police.

Scott Allen Farrell, 29, was charged with charged with a felony count of operating while intoxicated with a previous conviction in the last five years; and misdemeanor counts of operating while intoxicated with a BAC over .15 percent, and resisting law enforcement, according to the Lake County Sheriff’s Department.

Deputies were called about 4:30 p.m. Sunday to a report of a crash near the intersection of CR 400N and CR 1100W in Coolspring Township. The 911 caller said the vehicle had flipped over and the man, who seemed intoxicated, had crawled out of the vehicle.

Deputies found an overturned maroon Ford Focus, but no driver, according to a police report. The vehicle plates were traced back to Farrell.

The deputy drove around the area and saw a man who matched Farrell’s description emerge from the woods along CR 1100W near the Sullair factory. When he saw the squad car, the man started running north, then ran back into the woods despite being told to stop.

The deputy chased the man into the woods and saw him hiding in some “extremely thick” brush, the report said. He then took off running again and was later spotted “crouched on his stomach hiding in thick brush.”

The deputy could only see the man’s head, so went behind the brush and approached to within 10 feet before telling the man to surrender.

The man complied and was placed in handcuffs, the report said. He told the deputy that he was driving when he swerved to avoid a deer and crashed the car.

Asked why he ran from the officer, Farrell said he “had gotten an OWI not to long ago, as well as federal drug charges, and could not afford to get caught drinking and driving again,” the officer said in his report.

He had bloodshot eyes, slurred speech, a strong odor of alcohol and had to be held up to keep from falling over, the report said.

He refused a breath test and was taken to La Porte Hospital, where he submitted to a voluntary blood draw, which showed a BAC of .319 percent, the report said. The legal limit in Indiana is .08 percent.

He was taken to the La Porte County Jail, where he was later released on bond.

—From staff reports

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