Driver arrested on OWI charges following crash on US 20

A driver was arrested for OWI following a serious injury crash on US 20, according to the La Porte County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies responded to a crash on US 20 near CR 250 East around 6 p.m. Thursday.

Deputies said a vehicle was stopped in the westbound lane of US 20 waiting to turn on to CR 250 E when a pickup truck driven by 41-year-old James Geise drove into the eastbound lanes to go around the pickup and struck a vehicle traveling eastbound head-on.

The driver of the vehicle traveling eastbound was critically injured and was transported by helicopter to the hospital.

A passenger in the vehicle also suffered an upper body injury, police said.

Geise was taken into custody on preliminary charges of operating while intoxicated (causing serious bodily injury), operating while intoxicated (endangerment), driving while suspended (prior violation).

The crash remains under investigation.

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