Miami County, IN – A report of a wrong way driver on US Route 31 between County Roads 200 North and 300 North resulted in the arrest of a Peru man last Sunday evening.
According to an Indiana State Police Report of Arrest, ISP Trooper David Kewish was just completing a traffic stop on December 16, 2018, when Miami County Central Dispatch advised of a wrong way driver on US Route 31 heading southbound in the northbound lane. The call occurred at approximately 9:40 p.m.
Upon searching the area, Trooper Kewish located a maroon Chevy Pickup that matched the description of the wrong way vehicle. It was stopped on the east side of the northbound lane. US Mail inside the vehicle was addressed to a Mr. Ryan Finicle. The vehicle was registered to someone else.
Approximately a quarter of a mile down the road, officers located a man laying on the side of the road with his face covered by his jacket. It appeared he was trying to hide himself. When the deputy shined his spotlight upon the person, he immediately got up and attempted to walk across the road before falling down. The deputy contacted the man and identified him as Ryan Finicle, 33 of Peru.
Upon contacting the man, officers were able to detect the strong odor of an alcoholic beverage. Mr. Finicle advised that he had been with a friend in Kokomo all day and had been drinking. When asked about the truck, Finicle became agitated and stated that it was a family member’s truck and that he had not been driving it. When asked why he was walking, he stated that his friend had gotten freaked out about an officer having someone pulled over on 31 so his friend dropped him off at County Road 300 North and then turned around and passed said officer to head back to Kokomo.
When asked to empty his pockets, a key to the truck was found on Mr. Finicle. He also had fresh abrasions and peeling skin on his hands consistent with a car crash. Mr. Finical stated he brother is visiting from out of state and had probably wrecked the truck earlier in the day and had just forgotten to tell anyone.
Finicle refused to take a portable breath test and stated that since he hadn’t been driving there was no need for him to talk any tests.
According to the report, “As our interaction with Ryan went on he became more aggressive.” The report continued that he started to curse and yell stating that “he wasn’t doing anything wrong and that we needed to just let him walk home.”
Contact was made with the owner of the truck who reported that when she left her residence at around 7:00 p.m., Ryan and her truck were both there.
Trooper Kewish then contacted Miami County Deputy Prosecutor Jeff Sinkovics and requested a search warrant. The warrant was typed out and approved by Judge Grund.
A blood draw was taken at the hospital at 11:45 p.m. While at the hospital, Mr. Finicle was “very agitated and kept advising that he was with his friend all day in Kokomo and was nowhere near the truck.”
Mr. Finicle was then transported to the Miami County Jail.
Ryan Finicle, 33, of Peru faces charges of Operating While Intoxicated, Leaving the Scene of an Accident and Public Intoxication.
All criminal suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.