Peru, IN – Blake Cortelyou, 36 of Peru is facing a charge of Operating While Intoxicated-Refusal as a result of a traffic stop conducted in Peru on Thursday, January 10, 2019. This is Mr. Cortelyou’s second offense since October of 2018. He has an open case for Operating While Intoxicated-Endangerment from Howard County.
According to the PPD probable cause affidavit, Officers had been observing the vehicle after it had turned south onto North Broadway Street from East 6th Street. The stop took place near the intersection of North Broadway Street and W. Main Street after PPD Officer Keith Smith saw the vehicle make an improper turn, with the driver’s side tires crossing over the double yellow lines in the eastbound lane of West Main Street. The vehicle had also made an improper turn at Broadway and 6th Streets.
Upon contacting the driver, identified as Mr. Cortelyou, Officer Smith immediately detected the strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from inside the car. When asked for his driver’s license the man presented a military ID card.
Mr. Cortelyou’s eyes were red and glassy with his eyelids saggy as if he was having trouble keeping them open according to Smith’s report.
Cortelyou advised that he was heading home from the “crazy corner bar”. When asked how much he had to drink, Cortelyou responded “a couple of beers.”
Upon checking his driving status, it was learned that Mr. Cortelyou held a valid Indiana driver’s license and had no active warrants.
Cortelyou was then asked to participate in the standardized field sobriety tests. Upon exiting the vehicle, he staggered a bit. Officer Smith used his flashlight to point to a spot in front of his vehicle and instructed Cortelyou to stand in that spot. Mr. Cortelyou responded “okay” but remained still. When asked a second time, he complied with the direction.
Mr. Cortelyou again was asked how many beers he had to drink, and he stated, “a couple beers here and there.” He was then asked how many a “couple” was, and he then requested a lawyer.
While talking with Officer, Mr. Cortelyou swayed from side to side and Officer Smith continued to detect the odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his person.
Mr. Cortelyou continued to refuse to participate in the field sobriety tests and repeatedly requested a lawyer. He was then placed into handcuffs and read Indiana Implied Consent and asked if he would consent to a chemical test. Mr. Cortelyou refused, stating he was not taking any tests until talking to his lawyer. He was then advised he was under arrest for Operating While Intoxicated and placed in the rear seat of Officer Smith’s police vehicle.
A tow truck was requested to tow Cortelyou’s vehicle from the scene. Officer Smith then contacted Miami County Prosecutor Sinkovics to request a search warrant for Mr. Cortelyou’s blood. This decision was made due to his having an open case for operating while intoxicated endangering a person in Howard County from October 2018.
At 11:49 p.m., Judge J. David Grund of Miami County Superior Court granted a search warrant authorizing a blood draw on Mr. Cortelyou. The warrant was executed at 11:58 p.m. with the blood draw taking place at 12:22 a.m. on January 11, 2019, at Dukes Memorial Hospital. While drawing his blood, Mr. Cortelyou asked repeatedly where his lawyer was at.
Blake Cortelyou, 36, of Peru was then transported to the Miami County Jail to face a charge of Operating While Intoxicated-Refusal. He also received citations for improper turns at Broadway and 6th Streets and Broadway and Main Streets.
Upon arrival at the jail, at 12:39 a.m., Cortelyou provided jail staff with a portable breath test with a result of .152 BrAC. This was over two hours after he was observed driving.
All criminal suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.