Police: Women arrested after driving on rims

2013-12-09T18:15:00Z 2013-12-10T11:07:09Z Police: Women arrested after driving on rimsJoyce Russell joyce.russell@nwi.com, (219) 762-1397, ext. 2222 nwitimes.com

Two women arrested over the weekend on charges of driving under the influence gave police an unusual hint as to their conditions.

Both were driving without a tire on their vehicles and were spotted by police as they drove, the sound of metal scrapping asphalt following them.

One of them also ended up in the middle of downtown Valparaiso's Central Park, which doesn't have any roads.

Regina Eggen, 51, of Crown Point, was arrested by Chesterton police just before 1 a.m. Saturday, and Ronda Kalil, 47, of 63 S. Lafayette St., Valparaiso, was arrested by Valparaiso police at 12:46 a.m. Sunday.

A Chesterton officer helping a disabled semi on Ind. 49 at Porter Avenue on Saturday morning spotted Eggen driving on Ind. 49. He heard a metal grinding sound as she passed him by and saw the right rear tire was missing from the car.

Eggen had stopped at a red light, but when the light turned green, continued on until she was pulled over by police.

According to the Chesterton police report, the Crown Point woman told police she was headed to Crown Point and believed she had hit a pothole in Portage, which may have damaged her tire.

Eggen registered a blood alcohol level of 0.15, which is nearly twice the state's legal limit.

Kalil was spotted by Valparaiso police in the area of Lincolnway and Lafayette Street on Sunday morning after an officer heard a "very loud scraping sound" and then spotted a car stopped at a traffic light with a missing front tire.

When the light turned green, Kalil initially did not move, according to the report, but then turned south onto Lafayette Street after a driver in a car behind her honked his or her horn.

When the officer positioned himself behind Kalil's vehicle, she turned into Central Park and headed east, nearly striking an ice sculpture on display. police said.

Kalil initially told police she was headed home, but changed her story that she was headed to a friend's home in South Haven. She also allegedly told police she was aware of the flat tire, but had no idea why she turned into the park.

Kalil registered a blood alcohol level of 0.18.

Both women were transported to Porter County Jail.

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