C.P. student accused of driving drunk at 118 mph

Teen driver charged; 3 teen passengers ticketed on an alcohol violation
2008-09-11T00:00:00Z C.P. student accused of driving drunk at 118 mphKATHLEEN QUILLIGAN

A 17-year-old Crown Point student who was arrested Wednesday morning after an officer clocked her driving 118 mph on Interstate 65 said she and her passengers were trying to make it home to go to school, police said.

The juvenile's blood-alcohol concentration was over the legal limit when she was given a portable breath test, according to Indiana State Police.

A 16-year-old and two 17-year-old male passengers in her vehicle also tested positive on the portable breath test, police said.

State Police spokeswoman Ann Wojas said she could not reveal the Crown Point students' exact blood-alcohol concentration because they did not take a certified breath test.

"They blew high," she said.

Crown Point Community School Corp. officials did not return calls seeking comment Wednesday.

According to police reports, Sgt. Wanda Clay was clocking southbound traffic on Interstate 65 at the 256-mile marker, 1 mile north of 61st Avenue on the Merrillville/Hobart border about 6:30 a.m. when she clocked the student's 2000 Toyota going 118 mph in a 55 mph zone.

Clay said the Toyota continued southbound at a high rate of speed, weaving without signaling and stopping near U.S. 30, reports said.

Wojas said the driver said she had dropped a friend off and was coming from a party and the male passengers said they were coming from a friend's house. The driver said they hadn't been drinking and were just trying to make it home and go to school, but Clay said she smelled alcohol in the vehicle and on the occupants, reports said.

The driver refused to take a certified breath test and was taken to the Lake County Juvenile Center, police reports said. She was arrested on a charge of operating a vehicle while intoxicated and refusal, and she also was cited for reckless driving, unsafe lane movement, speeding and no license in possession, police said.

Her three passengers were taken to the Indiana State Police Lowell post, where they were ticketed on an alcohol violation by a minor under 18 and released to a parent or guardian, police said.

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