Drunk speeder arrested on U.S. 20

Press release from LaPorte County Sheriff’s Office

Bobbitt

On Friday, Oct. 27, 2017, at approximately 4:30 p.m., LaPorte County sheriff’s deputies were alerted by LaPorte County 911 of a reported reckless vehicle traveling west on U.S. 20 near U.S. 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 east on U.S. 20.

The vehicle was eventually spotted by Sergeant Harlan Williams while it was parked at a gas station on U.S. 20 at Ind. 39. When the vehicle left the gas station it again started traveling at a high rate of speed east on U.S. 20. Sheriff’s Deputy L. Scott Boswell observed the vehicle near CR 125 W and clocked it on radar at 104 miles per hour; Deputy Boswell immediately gave chase.

The vehicle, a black 2010 Dodge Avenger, was eventually stopped on U.S. 20 near Range Road. The driver, 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%.

Bobbitt was arrested and lodged at the LaPorte County Jail on two counts of Operating While Intoxicated, both class A misdemeanors, and one count of Reckless Driving, also a class A misdemeanor. He posted a $705 cash bond on Oct. 30 and was released from custody.

“It is unfortunate to see this type of reckless behavior, particularly on this stretch of U.S. 20, which has been plagued by so many fatalities in the past year,” Sheriff John Boyd said. “Our deputies continue to aggressively enforce traffic laws and this is a good example of the public reporting dangerous driving, which ultimately led to getting a dangerous driver off of the roadway.”

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