PORTAGE | A Portage man was arrested Wednesday morning after police reported he lost control of his pickup truck, went over the median on U.S. 6 and landed in a snow drift on the opposite side.
He also attempted to run from officers, according to police.
James Fadely, 31, was charged with three counts of operating while intoxicated.
According to the police report, an officer driving eastbound on U.S. 6 spotted Fadely at 2:52 a.m. driving westbound at a high rate of speed and "fish tailing." Fadely signaled to turn south onto Scottsdale Street, but did not turn, swerved back and fourth, initially striking the median, then going over it and across the eastbound lanes of U.S. 6 into a snowbank of a parking lot of a store at the corner of U.S. 6 and Scottsdale.
Two other vehicles nearly collided with Fadely's truck.
The officer then saw Fadely run from the vehicle. He caught up with him in a nearby restaurant parking lot.
When caught, Fadely allegedly denied being behind the wheel of the pickup truck and told the officer an unnamed friend crashed the truck.
When confronted with what the officer saw, Fadely allegedly told him "you can say whatever you want, but you can't prove it."
Fadely failed field sobriety tests and registered a blood-alcohol concentration of .20, more than twice the legal limit of .08.
He was transported to Porter County Jail.