Habitual traffic violator arrested for OWI


Press release from LaPorte County Sheriff’s Office:

On Friday Nov. 3, 2017, at approximately 12:30 p.m., LaPorte County sheriff’s deputies were notified of a suspected drunk driver. It was reported that a blue Dodge Caravan had been spotted by several citizens stopped alongside the road in the 2200 N block of Porter County Line Road and the driver appeared to be asleep behind the wheel; the vehicle was also in reverse. When confronted by the citizens the driver claimed to be alright, however said that she “could not afford to get another DUI.” The driver then reversed suddenly, nearly striking one of the bystanders before fleeing the area.

Deputy L. Scott Boswell observed the van a short time later traveling east on CR 400 N and made a traffic stop in a business parking lot near U.S. 421. While speaking with the driver, who identified herself as 40-year-old Raven Long, Deputy Boswell detected a very strong odor of alcohol on her breath and also noted open containers of alcohol, including a can of “Four LOKO,” which is known for a high alcohol content.

Deputy James Fish, who was working “Operation Pull Over,” arrived a short time later to assist and assumed control over the driver, who admitted that she was labeled on her driver’s license as “Habitual Traffic Violator.” Long refused to take a breath test, so a warrant was obtained for a blood draw. The result of the blood draw was .32%, 4 times the legal limit.

Long was lodged in the LaPorte County Jail on four counts of Operating While Intoxicated and one count of Operating a Motor Vehicle as Habitual Traffic Violator. She remained in the jail until Saturday, when she posted a bond of $955; she is set to appear in LaPorte Superior Court 4 this week. 

One Response to “Habitual traffic violator arrested for OWI”

  1. concerned citizen

    Nov 08. 2017

    But I thought she stated “she could not afford another DUI ” ?? How can this be ??

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