Arrest photo of Jacob M. Aulds, of Peru

Peru, IN – Jacob M. Aulds, of Peru, is facing a charge of Operating While Intoxicated following a traffic stop conducted at approximately 2:02 a.m. on September 14, 2019, at the Location of N. Wayne Street and Adams Avenue in Peru.

According to a Peru Police Department Probable Cause Affidavit, PPD Officer Tyler Hagen conducted the traffic stop after observing the suspect vehicle traveling northbound on Water Street with a headlight out. Officer Hagen followed the vehicle as it turned eastbound onto Washington Ave. and then Northbound onto Wayne before activating his emergency lights to conduct the traffic stop.

Upon approaching the driver, Officer Hagen identified the male driver as Jacob M. Aulds, whom he knew from prior law enforcement contacts. There was also a female passenger in the vehicle.

When informed of the reason for the stop, Jacob advised that the headlight was broken due to an accident earlier in the day. When asked where they were coming from, Jacob stated at first they were coming from his mother’s residence but then admitted to being at a local bar. Jacob admitted that he had a couple of beers with his last drink being 30 to 45 minutes prior.

While speaking with Jacob, Officer Hagen detected the odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from within the vehicle.

When asked for his license, Jacob provided an Indiana Learner’s Permit. He was unable to provide vehicle registration.

A warrant check revealed that Jacob held a learner’s permit but at one time appeared to have a valid license. The female held a valid driver’s license.

Jacob was then asked to exit the vehicle to perform the Standardized Field Sobriety Tests. Upon exiting the vehicle, Jacob admitted to having shots of vodka.

Jacob was administered and failed the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus test showing six of the six clues. Jacob failed the Walk and Turn test show five clues. He also failed the one-leg stand test showing three clues.

When asked about the third test, Jacob stated he “kinda failed that one.” And gave himself a grade of a “C-.”

Jacob was then offered a portable breath test and provided a result of .103% BrAC. At this point, Jacob was read Indiana Implied Consent and he agreed to take a chemical breath test. He was then transported to the Miami County Jail for the test.

At the Miami County Jail, Jacob was issued a certified breath test with a result of .083 g/210 L. at 2:47 a.m. He was then placed under arrest for Operating While Intoxicated.

Jacob M. Aulds, of Peru, faces a charge of Operating While Intoxicated. He also received written warnings for improper headlights and no valid license when required.

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