A driver of a northbound car straddling the center line of Interstate 65 in Scott County last Saturday — backing up traffic for some distance — was found to be intoxicated at five times Indiana’s legal limit.
Indiana State Police Sergeant Tracy Spencer observed a northbound Chrysler 200 just south of the Scottsburg exit on I-65 after receiving 911 reports of a vehicle matching that description driving recklessly. Spencer observed the car straddling the center line and saw a string of other cars backed up behind the vehicle, unable to pass.
He attempted to stop the vehicle after it exited onto the Scottsburg ramp. The car stopped in the middle of State Road 56 even though the traffic light was green. After eventually pulling to the side of the highway, the driver then began to back up toward Spencer’s vehicle, forcing him to back up to avoid being struck.
During the traffic stop and subsequent DUI investigation, Spencer also learned that a vehicle matching the Chrysler’s description was involved in a hit-and-run crash near Henryville just prior to his traffic stop. The Clark County Sheriff’s Department later handled that investigation.
As a result of the DUI investigation, the driver, Kayla Ann Akin, 27, of Fishers, was transported to Scott Memorial Hospital for a blood draw. Akin’s Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) was .405, more than five times the legal limit.
After being cleared by medical staff, Akin was transported to the Scott County Jail where she was lodged charged with operating while intoxicated (OWI)-impairment, OWI with BAC over .15%, and reckless driving — all Class A misdemeanors. She was also cited for an open container.