MADISON CO., Ind. (ADAMS) – A Michigan man was arrested for felony Operating While Intoxicated Sunday evening after the car he was driving was stopped by troopers for driving 98 M.P.H. in a 70 M.P.H. zone. Indiana State Police Sergeant Dave Poynter, along with Troopers Seth Painter and Justin Beamon were working traffic enforcement on I-69 in Madison County early last evening (3/31) looking for aggressive and intoxicated drivers.
Around 6:40 p.m. Sergeant Poynter clocked a southbound Chevrolet Cruze at 98 M.P.H. in the passing lane of I-69 just south of the 217-mile marker. Trooper Seth Painter was nearby and got the vehicle stopped just south of the 215-mile marker. When Painter asked the driver, Brody Balinski, age 24 of Farmington Hills, Michigan, for his license, Mr. Balinski instead handed Painter a credit card.
After Trooper Painter explained that he needed Mr. Balinski’s license and not a credit card, Mr. Balinski was able to produce his Michigan Driver’s License. Trooper Beamon, who was nearby, came to assist Painter on the stop. Further investigation by the troopers showed that Balinski was operating his car with more than twice the legal limit (.08% B.A.C.) of alcohol in his system.
Painter arrested Balinski charging him with Level 6 Felony Operating While Intoxicated, with a previous conviction within 5 years, and misdemeanor charges of Operating While Intoxicated Endangering, Reckless Driving and Open Container Violation. Balinski was lodged in the Madison County Jail.
ISP reminds residents that they can report suspected impaired drivers by calling 9-1-1. Give a vehicle description, location, and direction of travel. Never follow an impaired driver.