Road rage incident on I-65 leads to two arrests
Tuesday morning, Indiana State Police Regional Dispatch received a report of a road rage incident between two drivers on I-65 near the 215 mile marker (Rensselaer Exit) in Jasper County. The vehicles continued on I-65 northbound and exited at exit 230, where a Master Trooper observed the TrailBlazer following the complainants of a vehicle at an unsafe distance. A traffic stop was initiated by the M/Trooper on the suspect vehicle at the intersection of I-65 and S.R. 10. Additional troopers also assisted in the traffic stop.
Preliminary investigation revealed that the driver, Joseph Biacan, of Derwood, Maryland, had the strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on his breath. Numerous open containers of alcohol were also observed in the vehicle. A trooper administered several field sobriety tests and a portable breath test at the scene. A certified breath test was also later administered with a result of .09% blood alcohol content. While at the scene of the traffic stop and prior to the field sobriety tests, a 30 year old female passenger in the TrailBlazer, later identified as Nicole A. Jacobson, of Waianae, Hawaii, was asked for identification as well as a statement as to the road rage incident. During this interaction with Troopers, Jacobson became combative and uncooperative. Troopers also detected a strong odor of alcoholic beverages on her breath as well as having observed open containers in her lap and on the floorboard of the car.
During questioning, Jacobson started to stumble into traffic and wasn’t cooperating with verbal commands. The Trooper attempted to handcuff Jacobson when she became combative with him and other Troopers. Jacobson began to kick and hit Troopers during the arrest. While sitting in a police car, Jacobson attempted to remove the handcuffs and kick the dash of the police car. While re-securing her in the police car, she kicked a troopers hand as it was rested against the door, but he was not injured. An ambulance was called to the scene for a welfare check due to Jacobson’s high level of intoxication as well as her stating to officers that she was pregnant. Jacobson was transported to Franciscan Health in Rensselaer where she was medically cleared for incarceration at the Jasper County Jail.
While at the jail, Jacobson physically assaulted a corrections officer during the booking process. Jacobson is being charged with two counts of Battery on Law Enforcement (Level 6 Felony), 1 count of Resisting Arrest and Public Intoxication. Joseph Biacan was also incarcerated at the Jasper County Jail and charged with Operating While Intoxicated.
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