A Branchville man was arrested on Felony OWI charges late Monday evening.
In custody is Cody T. Winkler, 21, 12820 East Bandon Road, Branchville, IN. He is charged with operating while intoxicated with a prior conviction, a Level 6 Felony.
Around 9:36 P.M., Trooper Charlie Johnson observed an eastbound Jeep SUV on State Road 66 in Cannelton. The vehicle matched the description of a dispatch broadcasted by the Tell City Police Department as a possible reckless driver. After observing the Jeep make multiple traffic violations, Trooper Johnson pulled over the vehicle. While speaking with the driver, Cody T. Winkler, 21, Branchville, Trooper Johnson detected the odor of alcoholic beverages and signs of impairment.
Trooper Johnson later learned that Winkler had a blood alcohol content of .192%, more than twice the legal limit. Winkler had previously been convicted for Operating While Intoxicated, which enhances this charge to a felony. Winkler was lodged without incident in the Perry County Jail.
The Indiana State Police remains committed to removing impaired and dangerous drivers from Indiana’s roadways. As in this case, if you observe what appears to be a reckless or dangerous driver, call 911 and inform the dispatch operator of your location, the vehicle description, direction of travel, and in what manner the driver is operating recklessly.