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July 30, 2013

Deputies: Drunken driver tried to flee

Father, son say they were drinking at strip club after celebrating new job.

Miami County deputies arrested a 29-year-old man July 25 after they say he and his father drank seven pitchers of beer at a strip club in Kokomo and tried to flee deputies in a pickup truck.

Deputies said they received a report of a drunken driver heading north on U.S. 31 from Kokomo. Patrol officers spotted the vehicle, which they said was driving erratically, and tried to initiate a traffic stop.

Deputies said the silver pickup continued to drive for several miles until pulling off the road near Gallahan Truck Plaza, just north of U.S. 24.

Deputies said they observed the driver trying to slide into the passenger seat after attempting to push the passenger out the door. The driver then got back behind the wheel and began to flee.

Deputies again initiated a traffic stop, and the truck pulled over shortly afterward.

The truck was being driven by Jason M. McFarland, Mishawaka, and the passenger was his father, deputies said. A third person was passed out in the backseat of the truck.

Deputies reported McFarland's father stated he had taken his son to get a job in Indianapolis, and stopped at the Hiphugger strip club in Kokomo on the way back to celebrate after his son got the job.

Deputies said everyone in the truck was intoxicated. They said the father stated he tried to get his son to pull over during the first traffic stop, but he refused.

McFarland was arrested on charges of operating while intoxicated, refusal, endangering, resisting law enforcement and possession of marijuana.

He was released the same day on a $13,000 bail.Carson Gerber can be reached at 765-854-6739, or at carson.gerber@kokomotribune.com.

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