Afternoon crash results in felony & misdemeanor charges

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Afternoon crash results in felony & misdemeanor charges


LAKE STATION, Ind. (ADAMS) – Indiana State Police say that on May 5, 2019, at approximately 5:15 p.m., Trooper Alissa Partyka was dispatched to a multiple vehicle crash on I-65 northbound lanes 258.8-mile marker. This is near the I-80/94 junction. Witnesses stated that a gray Nissan was involved in a crash and the driver, a white male wearing red basketball shorts and a Chicago Cubs shirt and hat had fled the scene on foot. Witnesses also stated the male had run across all lanes of I-65 and fled east. A license check of the vehicle revealed that the owner was a Habitual Traffic Violator. Troopers also were able to obtain a physical description of the owner. Inside of the Nissan was a strong odor of alcoholic beverages as well as open containers of alcoholic beverages.

Responding Troopers then began to search the area where the driver was last observed. A male subject matching the description of the driver was located walking along Liverpool Rd. When confronted, he stated that his name was “Jesse”. This is the same name as the registered owner of the vehicle. Troopers were then able to obtain a photo of the registered owner of the Nissan and it matched this individual. Troopers then took the suspect into custody. Further investigation resulted in the suspect, Jesse R Stamper, 43 of Demotte, IN, stating that he had no knowledge of a crash. He further stated he had let “some dude” drive his car on I-65. He further stated that this unknown person had kicked him out of the car and told him to “Get outta here” so he walked away from his own vehicle. Stamper could not give a reason as to why he would let an unknown person drive his car or who this person was.

During this interaction, Troopers detected the strong odor of alcoholic beverages on his breath. Trooper Partyka attempted to administer field sobriety tests to Stamper, however, he became argumentative and uncooperative. Due to his behavior, these tests were stopped. Stamper also refused to take a certified chemical test for intoxication insisting that he had done nothing wrong.

Troopers then filed paperwork for a blood warrant and said a warrant was executed and a blood draw completed. Stamper registered .24% blood alcohol content. This is three times the legal limit in Indiana.

Stamper was incarcerated at the Lake County Jail. Pending charges include:

Habitual Traffic Violator 9-30-10-16 (Level 6 Felony)
OWI Prior 9-30-5-3 (Level 6 Felony)
OWI .15+ 9-30-5-1 (Class A Misd.)
OWI Endangering 9-30-5-2 (Class A Misd.)
Public Intox 7.1-5-1-3 (Class B Misd.)
False Informing 35-44.1-2-3 (Class B Misd.)
Leaving the scene Injury Crash 9-26-1-1 (Class B Misd.)
Leaving the scene PD Crash 9-26-1-1 (Class A Misd)