Off-duty officer: Driver passed me in no-passing zone

From Local Sources

JASPER — Police say a 23-year-old man was arrested and accused of driving and registration violations as well as operating while intoxicated after he allegedly illegally passed an off-duty police officer.

The Jasper Police Department says they received a reckless driving complaint concerning a white Chevrolet pickup truck Saturday morning.

The caller, who happened to be an off-duty officer, said the man allegedly passed him on a double yellow line in a no-passing zone.

Police say the off-duty officer kept an eye on the driver until an on-duty officer could intercept him near the intersection of Sixth and Newton streets. 

The patrolman reportedly witnessed the driver make a left-hand turn without signaling. He then pulled the driver of the 2006 truck over, later identified as Stephen S. French of Solsberry, near the intersection of Tenth and Newton streets. 

During a registration check, police say they determined the truck was displaying a license plate registered to a green Mazda vehicle. 

While discussing the alleged reckless driving behavior and the unlawful registration of the truck, police say they detected a strong odor of alcohol coming from the cab. A standard field sobriety test resulted in the officers believing the man might be under the influence of alcohol.

Police say French was detained and transported to the Jasper Police Department where he allegedly failed a certified breath test, registering .13% BAC.

French was transported and lodged in the Dubois County Security Center on preliminary charges of operating while intoxicated, improper passing and false and fictitious registration.


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