A Michigan man is being charged with Operating While Intoxicated (Endangerment) and Leaving the Scene of a Personal Injury Accident following a two-vehicle crash on US Route 31 at County Road 800 South last Thursday evening.
According to a Probable Cause Affidavit filed with the Miami County Prosecutor's office, on November 9, 2017 at approximately 6:45 p.m. Indiana State Police Trooper Jonathan Cole was on patrol on US Route 31 when he was dispatched to the scene of a two-vehicle crash with injury at US Route 31 and County Road 800 S.
According to a 911 call, a small blue truck had collided with the caller’s motorcycle before leaving the scene eastbound on County Road 800 South. The man had called 911 to report the truck being all over the road and nearly causing several crashes. The caller reported that he had followed the truck west on 800 South and South on Innovation Way before the truck turned around and came to a stop on 800 South at US Route 31 facing eastbound. The caller stated that he stayed a good distance behind the truck at the stop sign, but the truck shifted into reverse and collided with the motorcycle. The caller was able to describe the truck as a blue and silver small truck with a Michigan license plate.
Trooper Cole was able to locate a 1989 blue and silver Ford Ranger in the parking lot of Los Primas Mexican Restaurant, located at 800 S. and US Route 31 a short time later. The truck had a Michigan License plate matching the number given to Trooper Cole by the 911 caller. A man standing near the truck appeared to be watching the Trooper’s car and then entered the restaurant.
Trooper Cole entered the building where he observed the same man as before now standing near a pool table. As Trooper Cole approached the subject, he immediately put both hands on the pool table as if he was being arrested. The subject was then searched and identified as Timothy Arthur Roden, 46, of Camden, Michigan. Mr. Roden was asked how long he had been at the restaurant and he stated he had been in the parking lot for about 4 hours, drinking alcohol in his truck. Mr. Roden was then placed in handcuffs and escorted outside to Cole’s State Police vehicle.
Roden consented to a “Preliminary Breath Test”. He provided a sample of .231% BAC. Roden then asked that Trooper Cole to check on his small dog inside the truck and while doing so, a half-empty bottle of amaretto liquor was visible inside the truck. The animal was later collected by Miami County Animal Control.
Trooper Cole then spoke with an employee of the restaurant who stated that Roden had walked into the business just prior to Trooper Cole’s arrival and that they had not served him any alcohol as he appeared intoxicated already. Mr. Roden was then transported to the Miami County Jail while the crash was investigated. While at the jail, Mr. Roden was administered standardized field sobriety tests by Trooper Cole which he failed. Roden was also administered a certified breath test. The tests obtained one valid sample measuring at .204 g/210L at 8:55 p.m. Roden failed to provide a sufficient sample on two additional attempts.
Trooper Cole spoke with the 911 caller and his passenger. Both had been transported to Dukes Memorial Hospital by ambulance with general complaints of pain. Preliminary X-rays showed the driver had a fractured wrist.
Roden was then formally charged with IC 9-30-5-2 Operating While Intoxicated (Endangerment) and IC 9-26-1-1.1 Leaving the Scene of an Accident w/Injury.
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