Chicago Man Arrested for OWI and Cocaine with Four Month Old in Car

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Police say wife was sober but husband was driving 79 mph and registered .09% blood alcohol content

July 4, 2017-A Chicago man lost his independence after celebrating a little too much and driving according to a statement from Indiana State Police. According to the release, Trooper Alaa Hamed saw a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed on the Indiana Toll Road at about 1:00 am on July 4. “Hamed caught up with the SUV and paced that vehicle for approximately at mile at 79 miles per-hour in a well posted 55 miles per-hour speed zone. He also watched the SUV weave from side to side and make multiple unsafe lane movements” according to the report.

When Trooper Hamed stopped the 2005 GMC SUV, he saw a 4 month old infant in the back seat of the vehicle. The driver, later identified by an Illinois driver’s license as Sergio A. Sandoval, 29 of Chicago, had an “overwhelming” smell of alcohol according to the report from Trooper Hamed. Trooper Hamed says the driver appeared “confused” when he spoke to him. The report goes on to state ” Further investigation revealed that Sandoval was impaired and had a Blood Alcohol Content (B.A.C.) of .09%. Sandoval also had cocaine on his person.”

Sandoval was taken and incarcerated at the Lake County Jail in Crown Point. The SUV was turned over to Sandoval’s sober wife.


  • Operating While Intoxicated with minor passenger-Level 6 Felony
  • Possession of Cocaine-Level 6 Felony
  • All criminal defendants are to be presumed innocent unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law. A criminal charge is not evidence of guilt.

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