North Judson woman arrested after allegedly driving impaired, rear-ending police car

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LAKE STATION, Ind. – A North Judson woman was arrested on Thursday after allegedly rear-ending a police car while driving intoxicated, Indiana State Police announced.

At 11 p.m., two state troopers responded to the east lane of I-80/94 near mile marker 14 for a crash involving a police officer.

The investigation shows that a Lake Station police car was traveling east when it was rear-ended by another vehicle, according to reports.

Both vehicles pulled over to the right shoulder of the road.

The Lake Station Police Department called the Lowell Post to take a crash report.

During the investigation, troopers found that the driver of the other vehicle, a red 2017 Mazda, had consumed alcohol and was given a field sobriety test.

That driver, identified as 20-year-old Ashley Kretchmer, was taken to the Lake County Jail where she failed a certified chemical test for intoxication, according to reports.

Her BAC was .17%, reports said.

The legal limit in Indiana is .08%.

Kretchmer faces the following charges:

  • W.I. endangering misdemeanor
  • W.I. .15% or above misdemeanor
  • Minor consumption of alcoholic beverage misdemeanor

No injuries were reported in the crash.

The police car had minor damage to the rear bumper area but could be driven from the scene of the crash.

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