Arrest photo of Andrew Valez, 31, of Peru

Peru, IN – A Peru man is facing a charge of Operating While Intoxicated-Endangerment after a traffic stop conducted by Peru Police and the Indiana State Police at the McClure’s gas station parking lot on South Broadway Avenue on May 5, 2019, at approximately 2:49 a.m.

According to an Indiana State Police Report of Arrest, ISP Trooper Andrew Smith of the Peru Post stopped to assist Peru Police Officer Zach Adkins on a traffic stop at the McClure’s parking lot on South Broadway Avenue.

Upon his arrival, Officer Adkins advised Trooper Smith that he had observed a black 2018 Chevrolet truck traveling in front of him. The truck drove left of center with its driver side tires on Broadway near 2nd Street. It continued to drive south on Broadway and again crossed left of center with the driver side tires south of Canal Street. Officer Adkins then initiated a traffic stop on the truck.

Trooper Smith arrived on the scene after Officer Adkins’ initial approach to the vehicle. Adkins gave Trooper Smith the driver’s license, registration and insurance information. The driver was identified as thirty-one-year-old Andrew Valez of Peru, IN.

Trooper Smith then explained the reason for the stop to Mr. Valez who stated he did not know he went left of center. As Trooper Smith was speaking with Mr. Valez, he observed him to have glassy and bloodshot eyes with slowed and slurred speech. He also detected the odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from the vehicle.

Valez stated that he had consumed “one beer” approximately three hours before driving to his current location.

Valez was asked to step out of his vehicle to perform Standardized Field Sobriety Tests. While speaking with Valez outside of his vehicle, Trooper Smith again smelled an odor associated with an alcoholic beverage coming from his breath.

Mr. Valez was unable to perform the first test, the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus test that was conducted on the scene. Two additional tests would be performed at the Miami County Jail.

Valez was then offered a preliminary breath test. The result was .230% BrAC. At this point, Valez was placed into handcuffs and read Indiana Implied Consent. He verbally consented to a certified test. He was then transported to the Miami County Jail.

Upon arrival at the jail, he was given the Walk and Turn Test where he exhibited six clues and the One Leg Stand test where he exhibited two clues.

Valez was then given a certified breath test and failed to give a sufficient sample three times. He was again read Indiana Implied consent and was offered a blood test. Mr. Valez refused the blood test.

Andrew Valez, 31, of Peru faces a charge of Operating While Intoxicated – Endangerment.

All criminal suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.