DUI suspect chatted up police dog on way to jail, cops say

2013-04-08T17:20:00Z 2013-04-08T23:41:05Z DUI suspect chatted up police dog on way to jail, cops sayTimes Staff nwitimes.com
April 08, 2013 5:20 pm  • 

VALPARAISO | A Hobart man arrested in Porter County on a drunken driving charge waived his right to remain silent by talking at length to a county officer's K-9 partner on his way to jail, police said.

David Ochoa, 27, was arrested Saturday and faces misdemeanor charges of driving while intoxicated.

Police said Ochoa was westbound on Ind. 130 about 3:25 a.m. when he crossed the center line. He was stopped in the area Ind. 149.

Ochoa initially declined to talk to the officer or to take part in a field sobriety test, according to a police report. He told an officer he crossed the center line because he was texting while driving, not because he was drunk.

The officer arrested Ochoa and requested a warrant to obtain blood and urine from him. The warrant was granted and Ochoa was taken to Porter Regional Hospital.

On the way to the hospital, Ochoa asked the officer why he wasn't catching "real criminals" and then said he was just out looking for female companionship, police said.

Ochoa consented to a blood draw, but declined to provide a urine sample, until a nurse arrived in the exam room with a catheter, police said.

When Ochoa was being taken to jail, he stated, "I have a question," according to a police report. When the officer asked what his question was, Ochoa stated, "I wasn't talking to you. I was talking to your dog," police said.

Ochoa "continued by having detailed legal discussion with my canine partner Dolar," according to the officer's report.

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