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Alcohol a factor in La Porte Crash

Monday, November 26, 2012 09:50 AM
Written by Stan Maddux
Category: Local News
Alcohol was a factor in a motor vehicle collision with injuries

in La Porte's downtown area.

Police said the driver who caused the three vehicle collision, Jeffrey Rice, 59, of

Bremen had a blood alcohol level of .32-percent.

About 4:30 p.m. Sunday, police said Rice drove into the back end of

two vehicles driven by Odilon Garcia, 40, of La Porte and Leonard Wagner, 59, of


Both drivers were sitting at a traffic light on Lincolnway at Boston St.

waiting for the signal to turn green when struck in the rear by a 1995 Ford Econoline van

driven by Rice.

According to investigators, a witness reported following Rice from the city's east side

and calling police because of Rice driving off the road and on the center line on

several occasions.

Another witness told officers he was behind Rice for about four miles and he

was swerving from lane to lane the entire time, said police.

Police said investigators were not able to speak to Rice about the crash because

he was injured and being uncooperative.

He was placed in a neck brace and taken to I-U Health La Porte Hospital where a blood

test showed the high blood alcohol content, said police.

Police said Garcia complained of back pain while Wagner complained of pain to the

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