Authorities said a driver on Friday decided to throw his empty beer bottles out of his vehicle onto the Indiana Toll Road, shattering glass for over a 15-mile stretch of road before being stopped by police.
At about 3:40 p.m., Indiana State Police received numerous calls about someone in a red 2008 Dodge Charger going eastbound near County Line Road at the 22-mile marker throwing beer bottles out at passing cars and signs. It was also reported the Charger was at a high rate of speed and there were open alcohol containers inside.
Troopers George Hornsby and Anthony Robinson stopped the Charger at the 37-mile marker in Westville, where they identified the driver as Octavio Martinez, 20, of South Bend. The troopers also located several alcoholic beverages inside the vehicle.
Police said three other occupants inside the Charger had not been drinking and did not throw any bottles. They were allowed to continue on their trip.
Martinez was charged with OWI endangerment, having an open container, driving while suspended and speeding. Police said Martinez was driving on a learner’s permit.
Martinez was taken to Porter County Jail.