Updated: September 6, 2012 11:24PM
Squad car destroyed in crash
An off-duty Portage police officer’s take-home squad car was totaled in a collision with an allegedly drunken driver at about 6:45 p.m. Wednesday on Indiana 2.
Frank Lizak, 49, was driving northeast in a fully marked 2012 Dodge Charger when a southwest-bound 2007 Ford Edge driven by Carole Roefke, 51, of rural Valparaiso, attempted to turn left in front of him at County Road 500W, according to Porter County Sheriff’s Police. The squad car hit the Ford, went off the road and sheared off a telephone pole, police said.
Lizak was taken to Porter Regional Hospital with minor head and chest injuries. His wife, a passenger in the squad car — permitted during off-duty use — had bumps and bruises but refused medical treatment.
Roefke was hospitalized for leg injuries. Police will seek a warrant to arrest her for misdemeanor drunken driving. Her blood-alcohol level was reported at more than 3.5 times the legal limit.
23rd suspension on man’s record
A Hammond man with 22 suspensions on his driver’s license — although he actually has never received a license — was arrested again when stopped for following a tractor-trailer too closely at about 5 p.m. Wednesday, on westbound Interstate 94 near Chesterton.
Police said Terrance Travis, 32, allegedly pretended to be his brother when asked for identification.
As Travis was arrested for driving without a license, false informing and for Lake County warrants for residential entry and domestic battery, police reportedly found several prescription pills in a cigarette pack in his pocket as he began complaining of difficulty breathing and collapsed to the ground. Travis was treated at Porter Regional Hospital for intoxication; he admitted consuming beer, Xanax and Vicodin, and he also had marijuana in his system.
Police added charges of felony possession of a controlled substance and misdemeanor drunken driving, among other allegations.
• Kevin Cauley, 38, of South Haven, was arrested for drunken driving, a felony due to a prior conviction, after crashing at about 11:55 p.m. Wednesday into a ditch in the 100 block of West County Road 1050N, in Liberty Township.
Student brought knife to school
A 13-year-old Thomas Jefferson Middle School student faces two charges for reportedly bringing a knife to school Wednesday.
Another student told her teacher a boy on her school bus had been talking about having a knife and cigarettes. School personnel found the spring-activated knife with a 2-inch blade, an illegal switchblade, in the student’s backpack in his locker.
The student is charged with possession of a knife on school property and possession of an automatically opening knife, both misdemeanor charges.
Pull-over campaign nets 100 drivers
While participating in the nationwide Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign, Aug. 17-Sept. 3, Portage police officers arrested eight impaired drivers and issued 92 citations.