Sunday afternoon an off-duty Plymouth Police Officer was in the Walmart parking lot and witnessed 31 year old Brian Tapia of Plymouth collide with another parked vehicle. The off-duty officer spoke with the driver and told him he was calling an officer to make a report. Tapia left the area and parked a couple rows over away from the incident.
Officer Cleveland was dispatched to the leaving the scene of an accident and when she approached Tapia was still sitting in his vehicle. When he exited the vehicle Officer Cleveland saw many indications that he was impaired.
Brain Tapia was taken to the Plymouth ER and investigated by an Indiana State Police Drug Recognition Expert trained officer.
Tapia was found to be impaired and under the influence of controlled substances. He was booked into the Marshall County Jail for OWI on a Controlled Substance and held on a $1,500 cash bond.
Listeners and readers are reminded that charging information supported by an affidavit of probable cause is merely an allegation that a crime has been committed and that there is only probable cause to believe a crime has been committed. They are presumed innocent throughout the proceedings and are entitled to be represented by counsel and entitled to a trial by jury at which the State is obligated to provide proof beyond a reasonable doubt before a judgment of guilt may be made.