OWI suspect does double the speed limit

From Local Sources

HUNTINGBURG — Police accused a woman of impaired driving, recklessness and possession of marijuana after clocking her early today doing double the speed limit on Huntingburg’s north side.

A Huntingburg Police Department officer stopped a Mitsubishi Galant at 3:14 a.m. after clocking the car doing 90 mph in the 45 mph zone at U.S. 231 and 19th Street.

In speaking with the driver, Heather R. Ortiz, 36, West 43rd St., Jasper, officers could smell the odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from her person. Police also reported observing open beer cans in plain sight.

Police said Ortiz failed field sobriety testing and, after department K-9 Maya gave a positive alert, a subsequent search of the vehicle found marijuana in a clear plastic bag.

Ortiz’s blood alcohol content reportedly tested .144% in a certified chemical test at the Huntingburg Police Station.

Authorities booked Ortiz into the Dubois County Security Center at 4:39 a.m. on preliminary misdemeanor counts of operating while intoxicated, reckless driving and possession of marijuana.

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