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6/13/2018 - Ohio Man faces Resisting Law Enforcement Charge
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On June 10th at approximately 5:17 pm, Indiana State Police Dispatch advised of a possible impaired or sleepy driving incident traveling eastbound on I-74 near the 127 mile marker. The subject was driving a white Ford van with Ohio license plates. The van was reportedly all over the roadway and unable to maintain its lane of travel.
Units from the Greensburg Police Department and Decatur County Sheriff's Department responded to the scene. Sheriff's Deputy Rob Goodfellow positioned his vehicle on the 134 eastbound ramp and began observing for the suspect vehicle. As GDP Officer Brandon Meyer arrived in the area of I-74 and SR 3, he was advised that the vehicle exited I-74. Officer Meyer observed the vehicle enter the northbound lanes of SR 3 and he began to monitor the vehicle.
According to the police report, he observed the vehicle travel left of the center line with about half of the vehicle's width. He then initiated a traffic stop. The vehicle did not display any change in behavior despite Officer Meyer activating his vehicle's emergency red and blue lights as well as the siren and rumbler. After about .8 of a mile, the vehicle finally came to a stop on SR 3 between the southernmost parking lot of North Decatur High School and CR 300 N. Deputy Goodfellow and Officer Hershberger arrived to assist.
According to court documents the driver, identified as Jared Chovan, was exhibiting poor manual dexterity. Officer Meyer observed several pill bottles on the floorboard of the vehicle in plain view. When he exited the vehicle, Chovan was swaying and unsteady on his feet. When asked if he was under the influence of drugs or alcohol, Chovan stated that he had taken a new medication that he said was Ativan.
Officer Hershberger and K-9 Kato conducted a free air sniff of the vehicle and received a positive indication. When asked, Chovan stated that he would not be willing to take a series of field sobriety tests. Chovan was then detained in handcuffs and placed in Officer Meyer's vehicle. One of the medication bottles in the vehicle was identified as Lorazepam 1 mg, generic for Ativan. The prescription bottle had been filled with 15 pills on June 9th and was now empty. The label on the bottle stated to take one pill per 8 hours. Chovan was advised of his rights. He stated that he had taken 6 Lorazepam pills since earlier in the day. Lorazepam is a Schedule IV controlled substance. Chovan was transported to the Decatur County Jail and submitted to a blood test. He was remanded to jail staff without incident.
Jared Chovan, 38 of Cincinnati, faces allegations of resisting law enforcement (a Level 6 felony), operating while intoxicated (a Class A misdemeanor), and reckless driving (a Class C misdemeanor). He was charged in Superior Court on June 11th.
Under the law, criminal charges are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.
Tom Flemming-WTRE News
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