Police: Impaired driver refused officers’ commands

From Local Sources

JASPER — Police say an impaired driver refused officers’ commands during an overnight traffic stop in Jasper.


The Jasper Police Department stopped a 2011 Toyota Camry at 1:39 a.m. today near Second Avenue and Sherri Lane after the eastbound vehicle allegedly went left of center.

Police said the driver, Addison D. Heldt, 29, 8306 N. Crystal Road, Dubois, was discovered to be driving on a suspended license. An officer also reported detecting a strong odor of alcohol.

Authorities alleged Heldt refused officers’ commands and initially refused to exit the vehicle.

A Dubois County Sheriff’s Department K-9 was brought to the scene; however, no illegal narcotics or paraphernalia were located in the vehicle.

Heldt allegedly continued being verbally abusive toward officers, began to physically resist and failed field sobriety testing. His blood alcohol content allegedly tested .134 percent.

Authorities booked Heldt into the Dubois County Security Center at 4:39 a.m. His preliminary charges included a Level 6 felony count of operating while intoxicated and a misdemeanor count of resisting law enforcement.

The preliminary impaired driving charge was elevated to a felony because of a prior conviction for the offense within the last five years in Orange County.

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