Police: Man’s BAC is .355 after crash

December 30, 2018

MICHIGAN CITY – A Michigan City man who crashed his pickup into a parked RV, then refused to take a breath test, was charged with drunk driving after a test showed his blood alcohol content more than four times the legal limit, according to police.

Michigan City Police said 57-year-old Donald George Hubbard faces misdemeanor counts of operating while intoxicated, OWI with a BAC above .15 percent, and OWI with endangerment. He is being held in the La Porte County Jail on a $905 cash bond.

Police were called about 10:30 p.m. Monday to a crash in the 500 block of Walton Street, and saw a man, later identified as Hubbard, leaning against a maroon Ford F150 pickup, which had crashed into the back of an RV, a police report said.

A witness said the RV belongs to the company he works for and he was preparing to drive it to Arizona. He heard a loud crash and saw the pickup “attempting to drive forward” but it was “lodged in the RV,” the report said. The driver then tried to back away to get the truck unstuck, then got out and “stumbled from the vehicle.”

Police said Hubbard used his vehicle to balance himself then had trouble walking, and was “swaying back and forth.” The report also said he had the strong odor of an alcoholic beverage, and his eyes were glossy and red.

He failed two field sobriety tests, nearly falling over during one, before saying he was “drunk” and the officer should take him to jail, the report said. However, he refused to take a breathalyzer test at the scene and twice at the police station, so a warrant was obtained for a blood test, the report said.

As police prepared to take Hubbard to Franciscan Health Michigan City for the test, the officer said, “I attempted to get Mr. Hubbard to put his shoes on, however his manual dexterity was so poor he couldn’t put his shoes on.”

At the hospital, the blood test showed a BAC of .355 percent, more than four times the legal limit of .08 percent, police said.

Hubbard remained in the jail as of Wednesday, with an appearance pending in Superior Court 4.

—From staff reports

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