Police make Ireland, Jasper impairment arrests

From Local Sources

JASPER — An impaired driving arrest Monday night in Jasper followed on the heels of one at Ireland.

It started Monday evening when 911 dispatchers notified police of a possibly impaired driver eastbound from Jasper on State Road 56. A caller reported a truck had ran off the highway twice.

A Dubois County Sheriff’s Department deputy then observed an eastbound 1998 Ford pickup truck go left of center and disregard a red traffic signal, which led to a traffic stop near State Road 56 and County Road 500W.

The deputy believed the driver, Aaron J. Schwartz, 36, 5527 N. U.S. 231, Jasper, showed signs of being under the influence of drugs. Schwartz consented to a blood draw at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center that allegedly found marijuana and benzodiazepines in his system, according to the sheriff’s department.

Authorities booked Schwartz into the Dubois County Security Center at 8:14 p.m. on a preliminary misdemeanor count of operating while under the influence of drugs.

During the traffic stop, police gave a courtesy transport to 33-year-old Kristina M. Lewis, a passenger in the Schwartz truck who had no current address available. Police believed Lewis to be intoxicated so she was advised during the courtesy transport to Jasper to not operate a motor vehicle that night.

Just after 8 p.m., according to authorities, Lewis drove a 1998 Dodge Ram pickup truck to the Jasper Police Station. She was arrested by an Indiana State Police trooper on a preliminary misdemeanor count of operating while intoxiated (test refusal) and booked into the security center at 9:07 p.m.

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