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Jonathan Miano, The Times

CROWN POINT — A 25-year-old man was charged Friday with operating while intoxicated on allegations he caused a two-vehicle crash two years ago in St. John.

St. John police were dispatched at about 4 a.m. Oct. 19, 2015, after receiving reports a black Chevrolet Impala had collided with a semitrailer in the 9400 block of Wicker Avenue, also known as U.S. 41, according to a probable cause affidavit.

A passenger was found trapped in the Chevrolet Impala, and the alleged driver, Jacob C. Writt, was walking around in a grass area, the affidavit states.

The driver of the semitrailer, who was not injured in the crash, told police he was headed south on U.S. 41 when the car collided with his trailer while trying to merge onto the road from Joliet Street, the affidavit states.

Police called two ambulances to transport Writt and the passenger to the hospital.

Writt allegedly admitted to an officer he had a few beers before driving. He submitted to a breath test at the hospital, which indicated he had a 0.18 blood-alcohol content, according to the affidavit.

Writt was charged Friday in Lake Criminal Court with operating a vehicle while intoxicated, causing serious bodily injury and three traffic infractions.

Bradley C. Carter, a spokesman for the Lake County prosecutor's office, said Monday he was not certain why police filed the charge two years after the crash occurred, but he said the statute of limitations for a felony offense was five years.

An initial court hearing has not been scheduled, according to court records.

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Steve covers Lake County courts and social justice issues for The Times. The UW-Milwaukee graduate joined The Times in 2016 after reporting on criminal justice in New Mexico and Wisconsin.