Peru, IN – A Peru man is facing charges of Operating While Intoxicated, Driving While Suspended - Prior and a citation for Driving Left of Center following a traffic stop on Saturday, April 6, 2019, at approximately 3:24 a.m.
According to a PPD probable cause affidavit, Officer Jeremy Brindle was westbound on 5th Street approaching Wayne Street when he observed a blue vehicle directly in front of his police vehicle also traveling westbound cross the center line and travel in the eastbound lane of travel.
The blue vehicle traveled in the eastbound lane for approximately one block before correcting back into the westbound lane. Officer Brindle’s report notes that while in the eastbound lane, the blue vehicle almost struck the parked cars on the south side of the road.
Officer Brindle activated his emergency lights and conducted a traffic stop on the suspect vehicle near the intersection of 5th and Huntington.
The driver was identified as Jesse J.M. McClish, 23 of Peru. While speaking with Mr. McClish, Officer Brindle detected a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his breath.
When asked, Mr. McClish advised that only had one beer around 6:00 p.m. the previous evening. Officer Brindle’s report notes that while speaking with McClish outside his vehicle, “I noticed that his eyes were bloodshot and that he was slurring his speech.”
Mr. McClish agreed to perform the Standardized Field Sobriety Tests. He failed the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus Test, the Walk and Turn Test, and the One Leg Stand test.
At this point, Officer Brindle administered a portable breath test with a result of .154% BrAC.
Mr. McClish was then read Indiana Implied Consent and agreed to take a chemical test. He was then transported to the Peru Police Department where a breath sample of .117% BrAC was collected by PPD Officer Adkins at 4:08 a.m.
Jesse McClish, 23, of Peru was then transported to the Miami County Jail on charges of Operating While Intoxicated, Driving While Suspended-Prior. He also received a citation for driving left of Center.
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