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judge plows into license branch

Friday, March 09, 2018 16:47 PM
Written by Stan Maddux
Category: Local News

It appeared business as usual Friday at the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles branch in Trail Creek several hours after a vehicle crashed through an outside wall.

Nicholas Judge, 25, of Trail Creek was arrested for drunk driving.

According to Trail Creek Police, officers about 3:30 a.m. responded to a burglar alarm at the license branch at 1724 E. U.S 20 in the Evergreen Plaza.

A car went through a brick wall at the southeast corner of the building.

Judge had just left Decoy's Neighborhood Bar & Grill a few hundred feet away on the other side of the parking lot, said Don Gardner, owner of the establishment.

According to police, Judge said he was going home when the accelerator stuck to the floorboard.

He slammed into the building and a car before coming to a stop.

Gardner said the car belonged to one of his bartenders.

''He took a good chunk out of the car, too,'' Gardner said.

Judge was booked at the LaPorte County Jail for operating while intoxicated.

He had a .15-percent blood alcohol level, police said.

About a half dozen customers were inside about 90 minutes after the license branch opened on schedule at 8:30 a.m.
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