Last Saturday, October 28th at 11:54 p.m. it was reported that a male subject was possibly driving intoxicated in the McDonalds drive through on North Michigan Street in Plymouth.

A traffic stop was initiated, and a DUI investigation was conducted by Officer Vinson.

As a result of the investigation, Alex Casanova, 41, of the 1200 block of North Center Street in Plymouth was transported to the local hospital for a state blood test.  He was later booked into the Marshall County Jail for the charge of (OVWI), Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated with a BAC of .15 and above. He was held on a $1,500 cash bond.

Readers are reminded that charging information supported by an affidavit of probable cause is a mere 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.

Different states have different names for the offense—depending on where you are, it might be called driving while intoxicated (DWI), operating while intoxicated (OWI), operating under the influence (OUI), or other similar variations. When the State of Indiana accuses you of DUI, your formal criminal charge is for operating a vehicle while intoxicated, or OVWI.

In layman’s terms, DUI and OWI are used more or less interchangeably across the nation. In some jurisdictions, both charges might exist with varying degrees of seriousness; in others (like Indiana), there’s one umbrella term (OVWI) that encompasses all kinds of intoxicated vehicle operations.

Believe it or not, one of the reasons that Indiana has the OVWI charge is that it’s more expansive and inclusive than DUIoperating is a broader term than driving. Your vehicle doesn’t even need to be in motion for you to be convicted of operating it.