A Howard County deputy prosecutor will face two drunken-driving charges in connection with a traffic stop in Cicero.
Lori Hittle, 42, was driving with more than three times the legal limit of alcohol in her system when she was pulled over in the early morning hours of April 1, according to a probable cause affidavit filed in Hamilton Superior Court.
The arresting officer said Hittle, who works in Howard Superior Court 2, was abusive and refused to submit to a chemical test at the scene and refused to consent to a field sobriety check.
Howard County Prosecutor Mark McCann said Hittle informed him on April 2 that she’d been arrested.
McCann said he wouldn’t comment on the case or take any action until Hittle’s court case is settled.
Officer Kevin Crask of the Cicero Police Department said Hittle refused to perform a walk and turn test, and refused to take a breathalyzer test, and said she didn’t know how much alcohol she’d consumed.
She was initially pulled over for failing to signal a turn and driving left of the center line, according to Crask’s affidavit.
A blood test sent to the Indiana Department of Toxicology indicated Hittle’s blood alcohol content was .27. The legal limit in Indiana is .08.
Hittle was formally charged with two misdemeanor counts of operating a vehicle while intoxicated, and is scheduled for an initial hearing in Hamilton Superior Court 5 on June 12.
• Scott Smith is a Kokomo Tribune staff writer. He may be reached at 765-454-8569 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.