Police chase on US 20 leads to OWI arrest
On Friday October 27th, around 4:30 PM La Porte County Sheriff’s deputies were alerted by La Porte County 911 of a reported reckless driving vehicle that was traveling westbound on US 20 near US 35. The vehicle, which was traveling at a high rate of speed and making unsafe lane changes, reportedly turned around near that intersection and started traveling eastbound on US 20. The vehicle was eventually spotted by Sergeant Harlan Williams while it was parked at a gas station on US 20 at SR 39. When the vehicle left the gas station it again started traveling at a high rate of speed eastbound on US 20. Sheriff’s Deputy L. Scott Boswell observed the vehicle near CR 125 W and clocked the vehicle on radar at 104 miles per hour; Deputy Boswell immediately gave chase. The vehicle, a black 2010 Dodge Avenger, was eventually stopped on US 20 near Range Road. The driver of the vehicle, 62-year-old Grady Bobbitt of South Bend, was found to be impaired. A blood test later determined Bobbitt’s blood alcohol level to be .27%. Grady Bobbitt was arrested and lodged at the La Porte County Jail on two counts of Operating While Intoxicated, both class “A” misdemeanors, and one count of Reckless Driving, also a class “A” misdemeanor. Grady Bobbitt posted a $705.00 cash bond on Monday October 30th and was released from custody.
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