May 16, 2018-Cedar Lake Deputy Police Chief Carl Brittingham say charges have been filed against a woman involved in a head-on collision with a police car on February 20, 2018. “On February 20th, 2018 at approximately 9:58 pm Patrolman 1st Class J. Huppenthal was on duty traveling eastbound on W 133rd Ave approaching the intersection of Parrish Ave. Officer Huppenthal had the green light and while entering the intersection he was struck head-on by Rachael E. Anderson a 32-year-old resident of Cedar Lake” Brittingham stated. Officer Huppenthal had the right-of-way when Anderson entered the intersection and struck the fully marked police vehicle head on. Officer Huppenthal, fortunately, received only minor injuries in the accident and was able to return to work the next day according to Brittingham. The police vehicle was a total loss according to the statement.
Lake County Sheriff’s Police investigated the incident and determined Anderson had a BAC (blood alcohol level) of .293%, the legal limit in Indiana is .08%, according to the statement.
On May 9th, 2018 the Lake County Sheriff’s Police filed the following charges with the Lake County Prosecutor’s Office against Anderson.
- Count I: Operating a vehicle while intoxicated (C Misdemeanor)
- Count II: Operating a vehicle with a BAC of .15% or more (A Misdemeanor)
- Count III: Operating a vehicle while intoxicated endangering a person (A Misdemeanor)
Anderson was also issued citations for disregarding an automatic signal and failure to yield left turn.
All criminal defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law. A criminal charge is not evidence of guilt.