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A 24-year-old was arrested last night for operating a vehicle while intoxicated and failed on-scene field sobriety tests.

Arrested and Charged was Maycol Francisco Tomas, 24, Evansville, IN

  1. Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated, Class A Misdemeanor
  2. Attempted Escape, Class 5 Felony
  3. Resisting Law Enforcement with a Vehicle, Class 6 Felony
  4. Resisting Law Enforcement, Class A Misdemeanor

Arresting Officer: Trooper Ross Rafferty, Indiana State Police

Assisting Agency: Evansville Police

Last night at approximately 7:35, Evansville Central Dispatch alerted area police about a possible impaired motorist driving a white Ford F150 in the area of I-69 and US 41.

A motorist following the suspected impaired driver was able to give location updates until Trooper Rafferty spotted the vehicle traveling east on Riverside Drive approaching Culver Drive.

The vehicle was swerving side to side and crossed over the center line into oncoming traffic.

Trooper Rafferty activated his emergency lights and siren and attempted to stop the vehicle, but the driver continued east on Riverside Drive approximately seven blocks before turning north on Linwood.

When Evansville Police arrived Trooper Rafferty was able to maneuver his patrol car ahead of the suspected impaired driver, who was traveling approximately 15-20 mph. The driver stopped and stumbled out of his truck.

While transporting Tomas to the Vanderburgh County Jail he became agitated, unfastened his seatbelt and attempted to exit the patrol car while traveling north on US 41 at Lynch. Trooper Rafferty was able to restrain Tomas and prevent him from escaping.

After arriving at the jail, Tomas continued to resist and had to be removed from the patrol car. Further investigation revealed Tomas had a blood alcohol content of .21%. He was arrested and is currently being held on bond in the Vanderburgh County Jail.