Left-of-center driver accused of felony OWI

From local sources

HUNTINGBURG — Police have accused a driver whose pickup truck went left of center twice early today on the city’s north side with felony impaired driving.


A Huntingburg Police Department officer reported observing a white 2006 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck cross the centerline while turning onto Phoenix Drive from U.S. 231 at 12:16 a.m.

Officers who followed the motorist, Roger A. Schwenk, 55, 4720 W. 500N, Jasper, reported observing the truck cross the centerline a second time before a traffic stop near Phoenix Drive and Chestnut Street.

Police report Schwenk showed signs of impairment and allegedly admitted to having had several drinks 30 minutes prior to the traffic stop.

After failing field sobriety testing, police said, Schwenk’s blood alcohol content tested .223 percent during a certified chemical test at the Huntingburg Police Station.

Authorities booked Schwenk into the Dubois County Security Center at 1:47 a.m. today on a preliminary Level 6 felony count of operating while intoxicated. Police said the impaired driving charge was elevated to a felony because of a prior conviction within the last five years.

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