MICHIGAN CITY — LaPorte County police arrested a 41-year-old woman at her home shortly after midnight Thursday on drunken driving charges and allegations she struck a vehicle and fled the scene.
Heidi Handtke, of Michigan City, fled late Wednesday night from County Road 400 West and U.S. 20 in her white 2007 Mercedes Benz with the license plate "FLY CHIK," according to a LaPorte County Sheriff's police report.
The victim said he was stopped at a red light at U.S. 20 and U.S. 35 when he noticed two vehicles driving erratically and he was cutoff eastbound on U.S. 20, he said.
He told police he later hit the brakes of his Ford F150 before attempting to turn northbound on County Road 400 West when he was struck by Handtke's Mercedes.
After the crash, he attempted to follow the Mercedes, but a white 2011 Ford F250 was blocking his view, he told police.
The victim told police at one point, he spoke with the suspects, and recorded the encounter during which Handtke is allegedly heard stating she hit his vehicle and had been drinking previously that evening, the report states.
He followed Handtke to her home while speaking with dispatch.
A LaPorte County Sheriff's deputy made contact with Handtke and her husband at their home in the 3700 block of West 625 North.
Asked why she didn't stop after the crash, Handtke reportedly responded, "I was scared."
During their encounter, the officer observed a strong odor of alcoholic beverages emitting from Handtke and her husband.
Handtke told police they were coming from Zorn Brew Works Inc. in Michigan City and admitted to consuming alcoholic beverages, according to the police report.
She then escorted police to her garage, where he saw the Mercedes Benz "with heavy front end damage consistent with hitting the rear of (the victim's) Ford F150."
A field sobriety indicated she was intoxicated, according to the police report.
According to police, Handtke later tested about than twice the legal limit for blood alcohol content at 0.159 percent.
She faces several charges, including operating while intoxicated with a BAC equal to .15 percent or higher, a Class A misdemeanor; leaving the scene of an accident, a Class B misdemeanor; and operating while intoxicated, a Class C misdemeanor.