Miami County, IN – An Indianapolis man is facing a charge of Operating While Intoxicated after a caller informed Miami County Central Dispatch of a black Dodge Dakota that was having trouble staying in its own lane at approximately 4:56 p.m. on April 18, 2019. The caller continued to provide updates on the location of the Dodge until Miami County Deputy James Bean, II located the vehicle traveling northbound at US Route 31 and County Road 400 South.
Deputy Bean observed the vehicle in the passing lane and obtained a radar speed on the Dodge of 70 miles per hour in a 60 mile per hour zone. The driver then moved into the driving lane with Deputy Bean following. While observing the vehicle, Deputy Bean observed the Dodge travel left of center twice, cross the fog line twice and saw that the driver was having difficulty in maintaining his lane of travel.
Deputy Bean then conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle at US Route 31 near Sease Drive. He made contact with the driver who as identified as fifty-year-old Gregory Obrien of Indianapolis, IN. Deputy Bean observed Mr. Obrien to have a blank stare and was slow to speak. He also had glassy and bloodshot eyes. When Obrien spoke, he was slurring his words.
Obrien told Deputy Bean that his vehicle was swaying due to him dropping a cigarette on the driver’s side floorboard and he was attempting to get it while the vehicle was in motion.
While talking with Obrien, Deputy Bean detected the odor of an alcoholic beverage. When asked, Obrien first stated that he hadn’t been drinking and then a short time later he stated that he had six beers prior to driving approximately an hour before the traffic stop.
Obrien was then asked to take a portable breath test and he agreed. Obrien provided a sample of .287 BrAC. Upon information Mr. Obrien of the results of the test, he advised Deputy Bean that he had several past OWI arrests.
Obrien was transported to the Miami County Sheriff’s Office to conduct the standard field sobriety tests due to heavy rain and high traffic that was present on US Route 31 at the time of the traffic stop. While en-route to the Sheriff’s Department, Obrien volunteered that he didn’t drop a cigarette but was hiding an open container of alcohol that he had in his vehicle.
After administering the sobriety tests, Obrien was read Indiana Implied Consent and was offered a chemical test. Obrien agreed to take the test and recorded a result of .274.
Obrien was then taken placed under arrest for Operating While Intoxicated. Obrien was transported to Dukes Memorial Hospital to be medically cleared due to his level of intoxication.
During an inventory of Obrien’s vehicle prior to being towed, Deputy Bean located an open container of alcohol in the center console of the Dodge Dakota.
Gregory Obrien, 50, of Indianapolis, IN faces a charge of Operating While Intoxicated. He also received citations for speeding, driving left of center and open container.
All criminal suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.