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Allegedly drunk Bloomington man arrested after violating stay-at-home order, crashing car



A 20-year-old Bloomington man was arrested Wednesday in the 8800 block of West State Road 45 after he drove off the road and crashed into trees hours after Gov. Eric Holcomb’s stay-at-home order went into effect, according to a press release from the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office. 

Joseph Baker faces charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated, illegal consumption and violation of a local disaster emergency order. He did not have any injuries from the incident.

Baker was arrested around 5:20 a.m. after Monroe County Sheriff Deputy Bennett Dillon noticed a Ford F-150 had left the road and crashed into trees. Police said Baker smelled of alcohol and failed a field sobriety test. 

Monroe County Sheriff Capt. Ryan Davis said he was traveling back from a social gathering, which was found to be a violation of the stay-at-home order . 

Holcomb issued an executive order Monday telling Indiana residents to stay at home amid the coronavirus pandemic. The order went into effect at 11:59 p.m. Tuesday. 

Baker was booked into the Monroe County Correctional Center.

CORRECTION: A previous version of this story incorrectly stated the name of the road where Joseph Baker was arrested. The IDS regrets this error.

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