Lake Station man headed to rehab stopped for drunk driving

2013-09-17T17:30:00Z 2013-09-17T23:44:03Z Lake Station man headed to rehab stopped for drunk drivingTimes Staff
September 17, 2013 5:30 pm  • 

PORTAGE | A Lake Station man told police early Tuesday morning that he decided to have one more outing before he headed to a rehabilitation center later in the day.

Instead, Joaquin DeLaTorre, 40, of 2955 DeKalb St., ended up in the Porter County Jail on charges of operating while intoxicated, resisting law enforcement and fleeing law enforcement.

Police were called to the area of the Portage IMAX theater at U.S. 6 and Airport Road just before 12:30 a.m. Tuesday when theater employees reported a patron they believed to be intoxicated had left the theater in a car.

Police saw DeLaTorre driving west on U.S. 6 at Airport Road, followed him for a time and saw his vehicle weave in the roadway. When the officer activated his emergency lights to initiate a traffic stop, DeLaTorre allegedly continued westbound. When the vehicle stopped at a traffic signal at U.S. 6 and POW/MIA Way, police made contact with DeLaTorre.

While he refused to answer police questions at first, DeLaTorre allegedly later admitted to police he had been drinking earlier in the evening.

"I went to the movies cause tomorrow morning at 9:30 a.m. I am going to a rehab treatment center, so I figured I would go out tonight," DeLaTorre allegedly told police, adding that he had to be at the airport by 9:30 a.m. Tuesday morning.

DeLaTorre registered a 0.208 blood alcohol level on a portable breath test, police said. A BAC of 0.08 is considered legally intoxicated.


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