Drunk driving leads to crash, multiple charges for Illinois man

LAKE STATION, Ind. — A 37-year-old man from Chicago has been charged with multiple crimes after crashing his vehicle on I-80, according to Indiana State Police.

Trooper William Carlson responded to a single vehicle crash on the ramp from I-80 eastbound to southbound Ripley St. around 10:30 p.m. Friday.

Upon inspection, the trooper found the driver of the vehicle, Joan Miyares, to be in possession of multiple open alcoholic beverages throughout his 2003 Nissan.

The ramp was closed for roughly 45 minutes to investigate the crash and clean up debris.

Miyares was transported to St.Mary’s Hospital in Hobart, Indiana where he allegedly became belligerent and had to be physically restrained.

Due to behavior exhibited at the hospital and further investigation, troopers believed alcohol to be a factor in the crash.

Indiana State Police say Miyares spit saliva and blood onto the nurse trying to treat him, which resulted in the Lake County prosecutor’s office granting a warrant to draw his blood.

Miyares allegedly tried to keep nurses from drawing his blood by using profanities.

After the procedure was complete, authorities say Miyares threatened medical staff and Trooper Carlson as well as another trooper.

Miyares was to be transported to Lake County Jail after being cleared by medical staff.

Police say Miyares kicked Trooper Carlson and tried to bite Carlson to avoid getting in the car to be transported to jail; as a result, Miyares was tazed in order to physically subdue him.

Joan Miyares was charged with:

  • Battery by Bodily Waste (Class A Misdemeanor)
  • Disorderly Conduct (Class B Misdemeanor)
  • Intimidation (Level 6 Felony)
  • Resisting Law Enforcement (Class A Misdemeanor)
  • OWI-Prior (Level 6 Felony)
  • OWI-Endangerment (Class A Misdemeanor)
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