Ryan Turley, the head coach of the Hobart High School football team, was charged this week in Lake Criminal Court with drunken driving, police said.

Turley, 45, of Hobart, was arrested last month after admitting during a traffic stop that he had too many drinks to be driving, Lake Criminal Court records show.

A Hobart officer pulled Turley over about 1:50 a.m. Nov. 18 on County Line Road near Coral Drive after seeing him weaving and crossing over the center line, court records say.

The officer noted Turley smelled of alcohol and had watery, bloodshot eyes. When the officer asked how many drinks Turley had that night, Turley replied: "Too much to be driving," court records say.

Turley refused field sobriety testing, but agreed to exit his black Jeep, court records state.

The officer noted Turley was unsteady on his feet and his pants were not zipped. The officer took Turley into custody, and Turley refused chemical testing at the police station, according to court records.

An online court docket says Hobart City Court Judge William Longer dismissed the case after the Lake County prosecutor's office did not initiate formal charges.

The case was kicked back to police, who corrected a paperwork error and worked with prosecutors to refile charges this week, Hobart police Lt. James Gonzales said.

Turley faces two misdemeanor counts of operating while intoxicated. 

Turley played on Hobart's 1989 Class 4A state championship team and was on the 1990 team that was a state runner-up. He played college ball at Indianapolis and Butler before returning home.

He was an assistant at LaPorte, helped start the Wheeler program with Chip Pettit, then followed him to Crown Point.

Turley returned home and took over the Brickies program in 2011. In 2016, Turley led Hobart to its first sectional championship in 19 years with a 35-14 win at New Prairie.

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Sarah covers crime, federal courts and breaking news for The Times. She joined the paper in 2004 after graduating from Purdue University Calumet.