State Road 19 Roadwork ahead sign

MIAMI COUNTY – The Indiana Department of Transportation announces that S.R. 19, between S.R. 16 and S.R. 14 in Miami County, is scheduled to close on or after Monday, Sept. 30, weather permitting. INDOT maintenance crews will replace a pipe underneath the road between C.R. 1150 N and C.R. 1100 N.

Access will be maintained for homeowners and businesses in the area. The official state detour is S.R. 114 to S.R. 15 to S.R. 16.

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.

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Peru, IN - On Saturday night from midnight to 3:00 a.m., the Peru Police Department and the Miami County Sheriff’s Office conducted a sobriety checkpoint to deter and detect impaired drivers. The checkpoint was held on South Broadway between Riverside Drive and Franklin Street in Peru.

Officers working the checkpoint checked northbound and southbound traffic for impaired drivers while simultaneously inspecting for other violations. A total of 18 warnings were issued for license, registration, and equipment violations.

One driver was arrested for operating while intoxicated (chemical test refusal) after passing a “Sobriety Checkpoint Ahead” warning sign, flashing emergency lights, and road flares to enter the checkpoint. Officers immediately noticed signs of impairment, and further investigation resulted in the driver’s arrest.

This checkpoint was paid for by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration as part of the Operation Pull Over grant.


Arrest photo of Sandra Jones, 67, of Peru

Peru, IN – Indiana State Police Trooper Abby Russell arrested sixty-seven-year-old Sandra Jones of Peru on a charge of Operating While Intoxicated at the Woodland Hills Trailer Park at approximately 10:48 p.m. on Saturday, September 14, 2019 after it was reported that she drove her vehicle into the side of a trailer and then got out and laid down in the roadway for several minutes.

According to an Indiana State Police Arrest Report, at approximately 10:20 p.m. a driver traveling southbound on US Route 31 reported they were following an SUV driving erratically. The caller reported the SUV’s license plate and advised officers that it had turned into the Woodland Hills Mobile Home Park.

At approximately 10:23 p.m., a resident of the Woodland Hills Mobile Home Park reported that a silver in color SUV had crashed into the side of a trailer then backed up and parked. The driver then got out of the vehicle and laid down in the roadway for several minutes. The caller then reported that the driver of the SUV got up and sat on the front porch of the trailer that had been hit.

Trooper Russell arrived on scene at approximately 10:30 p.m., where she found a woman, later identified as Sandra Jones, 67 of Peru, sitting on the steps of a trailer in the park. A silver in color SUV with a license plate that matched the number reported by the first caller was parked in the driveway.

Trooper Russell approached the woman and could immediately smell the odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from Ms. Jones and could observe that her eyes were bloodshot and glassy.

Arrest photo of Kimberly Statton, 33, of Peru

Peru, IN – Kimberly Statton, 33, of Peru Indiana is facing a charge of Operating While Intoxicated-Refusal after a traffic stop that took place on at Taco Bell, 730 N. Broadway St., Peru, on Thursday, September 12, 2019, at approximately 11:04 a.m.

According to a PPD probable cause affidavit, PPD Officer Sam Finnegan was out on a lunch break at Taco Bell. While seated at a table, the Taco Bell staff frantically came out attempting to get Officer Finnegan’s attention. The staff pointed to a woman in the drive-thru and stated that she was “on something” and requested that Officer Finnegan watch her.

Officer Finnegan then observed the driver of the black Nissan drive both left-side tires up onto the curb as she drove through the drive-thru lane. Officer Finnegan then left the restaurant and attempted to catch up to the vehicle. He then observed the vehicle approaching the construction area on Broadway near Deloris and witnessed the vehicle almost strike the orange cones.

Officer Finnegan was able to get behind the Nissan Murano around Albert Street. As the vehicle passed by the School by Logan Street, Officer Finnegan observed it cross the center line coming close to a passing vehicle.

Arrest photo of Ronaldo Sebastian Gaspar, 28, of Rantoul, IL

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.

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Peru, IN - Over a 25-day period, the Peru Police Department issued 48 traffic citations, 40 warnings, and made 18 arrests as part of the national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over mobilization. Of these arrests, 6 were for misdemeanor charges of operating while intoxicated and 3 were felony charges. Sergeant Mike Vinopal, who recently became a Drug Recognition Expert, made 1 arrest for operating while intoxicated on a controlled substance.

About 230 Indiana law-enforcement agencies joined thousands nationwide to increase roving patrols, saturation patrols and sobriety checkpoints. Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over is supported with National Highway Traffic Safety Administration funds distributed by the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute.

“Highly visible, data-driven traffic enforcement has been proven to deter impaired driving,” said Officer Keith Smith. “Our commitment to enforcing the law and saving lives continues throughout the year.”

In every state, it is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher. In Indiana, drivers under 21 with a BAC of .02 or higher are subject to fines and a license suspension for up to 1 year.

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Peru, IN - The Peru Police Department and the Miami County Sheriff’s Office are teaming up this weekend to target impaired drivers in Peru and throughout Miami County. Officers will conduct a multi-jurisdictional sobriety checkpoint on the weekend of September 21st during the nighttime hours.

Throughout the weekend, officers will conduct roving saturation patrols to aggressively seek out and arrest impaired drivers. The purpose of these patrols and of the sobriety checkpoint is to prevent intoxicated people from getting behind the wheel and to remove impaired drivers from our roadways before they cause unnecessary harm to innocent victims.

Officer Keith Smith (PPD) and Sergeant Tyler Jenkins (MCSO) planned this checkpoint with the safety of Miami County citizens in mind. They remind you to always designate a sober driver before going out. Take care of your friends; if someone tries to drive while intoxicated, take their keys and help find them a safe ride home. If you believe you are behind an impaired driver on the roadway, call 911 immediately.