Wanted, intoxicated driver arrested for trying to drag race Indiana officer, police say

LAPORTE COUNTY, Ind. — An intoxicated motorist with two outstanding warrants was arrested Wednesday after attempting to persuade another driver to drag race, not realizing the other driver was a law enforcement officer.

According to the LaPorte County Sheriff’s Office, 26-year-old Jonathon Krueger faces misdemeanor counts of operating a vehicle while intoxicated and driving with a suspended license, The Times of Northwest Indiana reported.

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Meanwhile, he also faces charges of failure to appear, public intoxication and criminal mischief associated with the outstanding warrants, the newspaper reported.

The arresting officer, a captain with the sheriff’s office, was reportedly traveling south on U.S. Highway 35 at around 1:15 a.m. when an SUV entered traffic ahead of him, WBND reported.

According to law enforcement reports, the captain passed the SUV, which then passed the captain’s vehicle and slowed down. The driver, identified now as Krueger, revved his engine before accelerating to a speed unsafe for the snowy conditions and then slowing down two more times. Passengers in Krueger’s vehicle told deputies that he was trying to race the captain but did so not realizing the captain was driving a police vehicle, the TV station reported.

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