Sullivan man arrested for DUI, spitting on trooper

From Local Sources

OAKTOWN — A Sullivan man faces impaired driving, battery and other charges after Indiana State Police say he was detained and then spit on and threatened a trooper.

Around 3 p.m. Wednesday, Trooper Tanner Hurley was patrolling in Oaktown in Knox County when he observed the driver of a 2008 Chevrolet Avalanche driving left of center on Maple Street. The driver was stopped and identified as Ron G. Howson, Jr, 51, of Sullivan.

Hurley detected an odor of an alcoholic beverage and observed signs of impairment. Field sobriety tests conducted on scene indicated Howson was impaired.

While Howson was being transported to Good Samaritan Hospital in Vincennes for a chemical test, he started yelling and spitting. Howson was told to stop, but he continued to yell and spit toward Hurley.
When they arrived at the hospital, Howson refused to exit and had to be pulled from the vehicle. Howson continued to be disorderly and made several threats toward Hurley.

Further investigation at the hospital revealed Howson had a blood alcohol content of .32%. He was transported to the Knox County Jail where he continued to be uncooperative.

Howson’s charges include: driving while intoxicated, Class A misdemeanor; battery with a bodily fluid on a law enforcement officer, Class 5 felony; intimidation of a law enforcement officer, Class 6 felony; and disorderly conduct, Class B misdemeanor.

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