On Saturday, June 4th, at about 9:30 in the evening Marshall County dispatch received a call of a possibly impaired driver on US 31 in the area of Veteran’s Parkway. The vehicle was reported to be all over the roadway.
Officer Wozniak with the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department was able to locate the suspected impaired vehicle, a dark blue 2008 BMW. The officer initiated a traffic stop on US 31 in the area of 19th Road and found the vehicle to be driven by 52-year-old Robert Howell of Lafayette, IN. Howell was found to be under the influence of alcohol at the time of the investigation. He was also found to be operating a vehicle with a driving status through the Indiana BMV as Habitual Traffic Violator.
Mr. Howell was taken to the Marshall County Jail and processed for Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated with a prior conviction, Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated Endangerment, and Operating a vehicle as a Habitual Traffic Offender. He was released on June 5th at 5:30 P.M. after posting a cash bond.
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.