About 12:51 the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department was notified of a vehicle traveling east in the westbound lanes of US 30. Officers were also advised that the wrong way driver had caused an accident on U.S. 30 east of State Road 331 and had left the scene.
All occupants of the wrecked vehicle were evaluated by medics for injuries; no one was transported to the hospital.
A short while later officers were advised that there was a vehicle with front end damage off the roadway on Lincoln Highway just west of Beech Road. Officers made the scene and checked on the driver, 20 year old Alaen Medrano of Plymouth who admitted to driving the wrong way on US 30 and hitting a vehicle. He also admitted to having a couple drinks prior to the accident.
Officers then conducted field sobriety testing on Medrano. He failed all tests and was offered a portable breathalyzer test which he also failed. Medrano was transported to the hospital for a certified test which he failed. He was then transported to the Marshall County Jail and was
booked in for: Operating a vehicle While Intoxicated causing bodily injury, Leaving the Scene of a PI Accident and Illegal Consumption of Alcohol by a minor.
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