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Man arrested after rollover crash traps injured passenger in vehicle, police say
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Man arrested after rollover crash traps injured passenger in vehicle, police say

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MICHIGAN CITY — A Michigan City man was arrested following a rollover crash that seriously injured his passenger. 

Bruce Powalski, 67, was charged with operating while intoxicated while causing serious bodily injury and OWI with a blood alcohol content of .08 or more, according to LaPorte Superior Court records. 

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At 8:15 p.m. Tuesday first responders were called to a single-vehicle rollover crash Second Street and Center Street.

A black Jeep Grand Cherokee was found on its side with Powalski standing in the overturned vehicle.

An injured female was trapped in the passenger seat and police and Michigan City firefighters worked together to remove her from the vehicle.

LaPorte County EMS immediately took the injured passenger to Franciscan Health Michigan City. She had suffered a severe cut.

Police suspected that alcohol maybe a factor and investigated further. After officers conducted a field sobriety test with Powlaski, probable cause was found to indicate he was driving while intoxicated, according to police.

A chemical test was then given, which showed his blood alcohol content was over the legal limit and he was placed under arrest, Forker said. He was taken to LaPorte County Jail and his bond was set at $15,000 cash-only. 


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Night Crime/Breaking News Reporter

Anna Ortiz is the breaking news/crime reporter for The Times, covering crime, politics, courts and investigative news. She is a graduate of Ball State University with a major in journalism and minor in anthropology. 219-933-4194,

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