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Arrested with BAC of .372 percent

December 20, 2018

MICHIGAN CITY — It took three officers to hold William Roddy Jr. down so blood could be drawn for an alcohol test Saturday evening, according to police. When results came back, it was a number that would have most people unconscious or worse.

The 34-year-old Michigan City man was initially arrested after showing signs of impairment following a rear-end collision that was witnessed by a police officer just before 5 p.m. Saturday at Michigan Boulevard near 4th Street, according to a Michigan City Police report.

But after refusing field sobriety and breath tests, a prosecutor ordered a blood test, and after putting a up a struggle during the procedure, Roddy’s BAC was measured at .372 percent, more than four times Indiana’s legal limit of .08, according to the report.

According to the University of Notre Dame, anyone with BAC of .200-.249 will “need assistance in walking” and “show total mental confusion.” A BAC of .250-.399 percent is considered alcohol poisoning and generally results in “loss of consciousness.” And .400 or higher can result in the “onset of coma” and “possible death due to respiratory arrest.”

The accident happened when a car a 2017 Subaru Outback stopped at the stop sign at East 4 Street and Michigan Boulevard, when a 2013 Dodge Charger attempted to stop behind it but could not and rear-ended the other vehicle, police said. An officer saw the collision while stopped in the parking lot at Westcott Park.

Roddy initially said the other car stopped, started then stopped again suddenly, causing the crash, which did major damage to his car, police said. Neither driver requested medical attention.

When Roddy was asked for ID and registration he “fumbled with his phone” and “start smoking a cigarette,’ according to the report, which said his eyes were “glossy” and he smelled of alcoholic beverage.

He told the officer he had been at a Christmas party with friends and had one beer, but his speech was slurred and he “staggered” when asked to get out the car, police said.

As Roddy was looking at his vehicle, his body was swaying back and forth, and he was leaning on the car for balance, police said. He refused to take a field sobriety test at first, then agreed, failed the first test and refused to take more, police said.

He was taken to the police station and again refused to take the field sobriety tests, and also refused a breath test, saying he would rather lose his driving privileges than have a criminal history, the report said.

A judge approved a warrant for a blood draw and Roddy was taken to a hospital but said he would not let his blood be drawn, according to police.

He refused to hold still for the blood draw, saying they could not make him take it, but eventually three officers held his arms so the test could be taken, the report said.

When the test show the .372 percent BAC, Roddy was arrested on misdemeanor counts of operating while intoxicated over .15 BAC, OWI with endangerment, and resisting law enforcement, police said. He was also ticketed for OWI and following too closely.

Charges were formally filed on Monday, but court information was not immediately available.

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