“Safe Family Travel” Holiday Enforcement Patrol Interdicts Impaired Driver with Five Unrestrained Children
(Whitley County, IN)- Indiana State Police report that on November 24, 2021, on day one of the special Thanksgiving holiday enforcement patrol coined “Safe Family Travel”, troopers from the Fort Wayne Post arrested an impaired driver on US30, driving with five unrestrained children in the car.
At approximately 10:30 am, Indiana State Police Sergeant Kris Coffey was patrolling on US30 west of Columbia City when he observed a 2008 Dodge Charger passenger car traveling at 83mph. A subsequent traffic stop was conducted on US30 east of CR450W, at which time Sgt. Coffey discovered that there were five unrestrained children (ages 4-11) occupying the back seat area.
While speaking with the driver, Allen Watson, 32, of Fort Wayne, Sgt. Coffey learned that the family was traveling back to Fort Wayne from Chicago. A strong odor of marijuana coming from the passenger compartment along with Watson displaying signs of impairment led to further investigation for operating while intoxicated.
Ultimately, Allen Watson was arrested on several charges related to impaired driving and drug possession. He was transported to the Whitley County Jail, where he was booked into custody on the following preliminary criminal charges:
(5 Counts)- OWI w/Passengers Under 18yrs of age; Level 6 Felony
(1 Count) – Possession of Marijuana; B Misdemeanor
Watson’s wife and their five children were transported to the Whitley County Sheriff’s Department, where they were picked up by family members (with the required child safety seats) and then transported home to Fort Wayne.
The “Safe Family Travel” enforcement patrol is focused on detecting and removing impaired drivers from our Indiana roadways, and also targeting unrestrained drivers and passengers, an effort intended to reduce incidents of fatal crashes and make travel safer over the holidays. Troopers will be participating in this patrol for the next six weeks.
|Case||Status||Bond Type||Bond Amt||Fine Amt||Sentence||Court Date|
|92D01-2111||AWAITING COURT||10% BOND||10000.00||0.00||0y 0m 0d||Nov 29 2021 1:30PM|
OWI – CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE
|Code||Court Date||Court Type||Status||Offense Date||Arrest Date||Arresting Agency||Bond Type||Bond Amount|
|9-30-5-1 C||AWAITING COURT||2021-11-24||2021-11-24||IN STATE POLICE||0.00|