Miami County, IN – Kristopher Rogers, 37 of Kokomo is facing a charge of Operating While Intoxicated-Refusal following a traffic stop conducted by the Miami County Sheriff’s Department on June 27, 2019, at 3:05 a.m. at Strawtown Pike and CR 1075 in Miami County.
MCSD Deputy Tyler J. Jenkins was on patrol in a marked Sheriff’s Department vehicle westbound on CR 1100 S. when he observed the vehicle in front of him roll through the stop sign at the intersection of Strawtown Pike. The vehicle was then completely on the left-hand side of the roadway while it continued northbound on Strawtown Pike. As Deputy Jenkins followed the vehicle, it then began to drive off the east side of the roadway nearly striking a guardrail.
Deputy Jenkins then activated his emergency lights and conducted the traffic stop. The vehicle continued to drive slowly for a few seconds before coming to stop just north of CR 1075 S.
Upon speaking with the driver, identified as thirty-seven-year-old Kristopher Rogers of Kokomo, Deputy Jenkins could detect the odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from Rogers’ breath. He also observed that his eyes were red and glossy and that his speech was slurred. When he attempted to retrieve his license from his wallet, Deputy Jenkins noted that he had trouble due to diminished manual dexterity. Deputy Jenkins also observed what appeared to be a nearly empty alcoholic beverage container sitting on the passenger’s side floor.
After checking his driver’s information, Deputy Jenkins then returned to the vehicle and asked Mr. Rogers to step out of his vehicle. Rogers began to stumble as he got out of the vehicle and had to lean on his vehicle to keep his balance.
When asked how much he had to drink that evening, Rogers stated “enough”. Rogers then advised that he was going to his mother’s house in Kokomo and was advised by Deputy Jenkins that he was going the wrong way.
Rogers was then asked to take a portable breath test. Rogers asked why and was informed that it was because Deputy Jenkins knew he had been drinking. Rogers then asked what he should do, and Jenkins explained to him that it was not his decision and that it was up to him. Rogers was then read Indiana Implied Consent and then refused to take a chemical test.
Rogers was then placed under arrest for Operating While Intoxicated-Refusal and transported to the Dukes Memorial Hospital for medical clearance before being transported to the Miami County Jail.
Kristopher Rogers, 37, of Kokomo, IN, faces a charge of Operating While Intoxicated-Refusal.
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