Peru, IN – Christopher McKinnie, 31 of Tipton, IN is facing a charge of Operating While Intoxicated-Refusal following a traffic stop conducted at approximately 1:38 a.m. on Saturday, January 19, 2019, in Peru.
According to a PPD probable cause affidavit, the stop was conducted by PPD Officer Wyrick at the intersection of W. Main St. / N. Chestnut. Officer Wyrick observed Mr. McKinnie to be driving a red Jeep Compass after having encountered him during a previous call for service that evening. During that call, officers believed Mr. McKinnie to be under the influence of a narcotic stimulant. This was suspected due to Christopher speaking very rapidly and not being able to hold still.
Officer Wyrick conducted the stop after observing the vehicle drive completely into the northbound lane of travel with all four wheels in the opposite lane.
When informed of the reason for the stop, Mr. McKinnie advised that he didn’t have his contacts in. Officer Wyrick noted that even though the weather was cold and windy, approximately 32 degreed, Mr. McKinnie was only wearing a tank top and sweat pants. McKinnie advised that a passenger in the vehicle was cold and had the heat on high.
Again, Officer Wyrick noted that Mr. McKinnie was speaking rapidly and was not able to hold still.
Officer Wyrick advised Mr. McKinnie that he wished to administer to him field sobriety tests to ensure that he was a sober driver. McKinnie agreed to take the tests. The tests were administered with the assistance of ISP Trooper Smith. Mr. McKinnie was able to pass the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus Test, the lack of convergence and Rhomberg balance tests. He did not successfully complete the one leg stand test or the walk and turn test.
After administering the tests, Officer Wyrick read Mr. McKinnie Indiana Implied Consent. McKinnie then refused to take a certified blood draw test at Dukes Memorial Hospital. He was then read his rights. Mr. McKinnie told Officer Wyrick that he had used heroin within the last 24 hours. When asked, he denied using methamphetamine. When asked if he “speedballed”, he did not reply. He did state that the heroin could have been laced but he did not know. Mr. McKinnie was then advised he was being arrested for operating while intoxicated.
Arrangements were made for a sober driver to pick up the passenger.
Christopher McKinnie, 31 of Tipton, IN was arrested on a charge of Operating While Intoxicated-Refusal.
All criminal suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.