Speeding motorist accused of OWI

From Local Sources

HUNTINGBURG — Indiana State Police placed a Huntingburg man under arrest Wednesday night, accusing him of impaired driving.

A trooper stopped a 2006 Scion near U.S. 231 and Phoenix Drive after clocking the vehicle at 89 mph in the 55 mph zone.

Police allege the driver, Henry E. Melara Pineda, 18, 1021 Race St., Huntingburg, was found to have an expired learner’s permit and the car had an expired plate.

A trooper who observed empty beer bottles and detected the odor of alcoholic beverages began field sobriety testing. Police allege that after a portable breath test indicated impairment, Melara Pineda provided only one of two required certified breath test samples at the Huntingburg Police Station despite being given four attempts to provide the second required sample.

Authorities booked Melara Pineda into the Dubois County Security Center at 12:12 a.m. today on preliminary misdemeanor counts of operating while intoxicated (test refusal) and reckless driving.

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