Peru, IN - Daniel Campbell, 38, of Peru was arrested by the Peru Police Department on a charge of Operating While Intoxicated-Refusal after a traffic stop conducted at the intersection of Wayne and 3rd Streets on January 12, 2019, at approximately 1:03 a.m.
According to a PPD probable cause affidavit, Officer Zachary Adkins observed a Chevrolet truck traveling eastbound on Canal Street from Wabash Street. The truck had a license plate light out. After turning to follow the vehicle, Officer Adkins observed the vehicle cross the center line with approximately a third of the truck in the opposite lane of travel. The truck then turned north onto Wayne Street where Officer Adkins confirmed the license plate light was not working. Adkins then turned on his emergency lights to conduct a traffic stop.
Upon approaching the vehicle, Officer Adkins identified the driver as Daniel Campbell, 38 of Peru. While speaking with Campbell, Adkins noted the odor of alcohol coming from the cab of the truck. He also noticed that Campbell’s “speech was slurred, his eyes were red and glassy, and his movements appeared to be slow and methodical,” according to the report.
When asked if he had anything to drink tonight, Campbell advised that he had nothing to drink but his passenger had been drinking before he picked her up. When asked if he would submit to a portable breath test just to confirm that he had not been drinking, Campbell refused.
Campbell was asked to step out of his truck and Officer Adkins noticed when he stepped out that Campbell had never shut off his truck. He pulled himself out by grabbing ahold of the door and door frame. He stumbled and used the truck to keep his balance as he walked to the back of the truck.
Campbell was then asked to submit to standardized field sobriety tests, and he agreed. The first test was the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus test which Campbell failed. He also failed the walk and turn test and the one leg stand test.
When asked again if he would submit to a portable breath test, Campbell did not give an answer but instead began to argue that he was not intoxicated and that he passed the tests given. Mr. Campbell was asked several times if he would submit to the portable breath test and he refused.
Mr. Campbell was then read Indiana Implied consent and asked if he would submit to a chemical test. Once again Mr. Campbell argued that he was not intoxicated and that he had passed the tests given. He refused to participate in the chemical test.
Daniel Campbell, 38, of Peru was then transported to the Miami County Jail on a charge of Operating While Intoxicated-Refusal.
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