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JOSEPH MARTIN GUENTHER

PORTER — A Joliet, Illinois man told police Saturday morning he had five beers with his buddies in Chicago before he crashed his car on U.S. 20 and Ind. 49.

He also allegedly told police he thought he was still in Illinois.

Police responded to the ramp on U.S. 20 and Ind. 49 at 12:24 a.m. Saturday to find Joseph Guenther, 35, of Joliet, Illinois with a damaged car and a blown driver's side tire.

"The driver stated he blew a tire, but believed it happened in Illinois," according to the report. "When asked how he ended up in Porter, he stated he did not know."

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Guenther allegedly failed several field sobriety tests and a chemical blood test registered a blood alcohol content level of 0.183, more than twice the legal limit.

He was charged with three counts of operating while intoxicated and transported to Porter County Jail.

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Porter County Reporter

Joyce has been a reporter for nearly 40 years, including 23 years with The Times. She's a native of Merrillville, but has lived in Portage for 39 years. She covers municipal and school government in Porter County.