Peru, IN – Deputy Tyler J. Jenkins of the Miami County Sheriff’s Department arrested Ronaldo Sebastian Gaspar, 28 of Rantoul, IL on a charge of Operating While Intoxicated on September 12, 2019, at approximately 10:53 p.m. near the intersection of US Route 24 and State Road 19 in Miami County.
According to a Miami County Sheriff’s Department probable cause affidavit, Miami County Central Dispatch put out a call at approximately 10:45 p.m. on September 12th of a possibly intoxicated driver westbound on US Route 24 in a dark-colored passenger vehicle approaching State Road 19. Deputy Jenkins responded to the call leaving the sheriff’s Department parking lot and traveling to US Route 24 via Mexico Rd.
When Deputy Jenkins arrived at US Route 24 and State Road 19, he observed a black in color passenger vehicle stopped in the westbound US 24 passing lane. Jenkins then crossed over to the westbound lane to check on the stopped vehicle. As he was approaching the area, the vehicle went southbound on State Road 19. Jenkins attempted to locate the vehicle by going south on State Road 19, he then observed the same vehicle heading back north from the area of Life Rd.
Jenkins noted that the rear bumper was hanging off the vehicle due to it being damaged. Deputy Jenkins was then able to turn around and get behind the black passenger vehicle. It pulled over to the shoulder of the roadway and stopped before he activated his emergency lights.
After stopping behind the vehicle, Deputy Jenkins approached the driver’s side and knocked on the driver’s window. The driver, later identified as Ronaldo Sebastian Gaspar, 28 of Rantoul, IL. Gaspar looked extremely confused and Jenkins noted that his eyes were red and glossy.
Gaspar advised that he was traveling from Wabash to Illinois. As he spoke, Deputy Jenkins noted the odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from him. When asked if he had anything to drink, he stated he had consumed five beers.
Deputy Jenkins then asked Gaspar to exit the vehicle. Jenkins observed there was fresh damage to the front of the vehicle as well as dirt in the grill and that the back bumper was damaged. When asked about the damage, Gaspar stated his boyfriend would fix the damage.
While speaking with Gaspar, he advised that he was celebrating his birthday and then mentioned that he had consumed six drinks. According to Deputy Jenkins’ report, Gaspar was having trouble following directions and his balance was unsteady at times.
Officer Jenkins then asked Gaspar if he would take a portable breath test and he stated he would. Gaspar was instructed multiple times how to take the test but would not perform it properly. He was then placed in restraints and transported to the Miami County Sheriff’s Department.
Upon arrival at the Sheriff’s Department., Gaspar was read Indiana Implied Consent. He then agreed to take standardized field sobriety tests. Finally, he was administered a certified breath test. The first test came back with a result of an insufficient sample at 11:46 p.m. A second test was administered at 12:00 a.m. with a result of .189 g/210 L of breath.
Ronaldo Sebastian Gaspar, 28, of Rantoul, IL, was then placed under arrest on a charge of Operating While Intoxicated.
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