A Paoli woman was jailed this afternoon after driving while intoxicated and nearly crashing into an Indiana State Trooper.
At 11:20 A.M. Tuesday morning, Troopers Robert Lambert and Noah Ewing were southbound on State Road 37 near the Lawrence/Orange County line when they observed a black 2016 Nissan SUV traveling northbound in their lane. The Nissan forced the troopers to brake and swerve their Chevrolet Tahoe police vehicle off of the roadway. Trooper Lambert turned his vehicle around and activated his speed radar, which displayed that the Nissan was still traveling northbound at 80 miles per hour in a 55 mile per hour speed zone.
Troopers were able to catch up to the Nissan and conduct a traffic stop on State Road 37 at State Road 60. During the stop, troopers spoke with the driver, 25 year old Heather Ann Osborn of Paoli, and immediately smelled alcoholic beverages. Troopers also saw a three year old child buckled into a child seat in the back of the SUV.
Osborne was transported to IU Health in Paoli to conduct a certified chemical toxicology test, and was then taken, without incident, to the Lawrence County Jail. The child was turned over to Osborn’s mother at the scene.
The Indiana State Police remains focused on removing dangerous and impaired drivers from Indiana’s highways. If you observe what you believe to be a dangerous driver, do not hesitate to call 911 and inform the dispatch operator of your location, direction of travel, description of the suspect vehicle, and what actions they are taking that you believe to be dangerous.
Arrested and Charges:
Heather Ann Osborne, 25
– Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated, Causing Endangerment – Class A Misdemeanor
– Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated with a Passenger less than 18 years of age – Class A Misdemeanor