Police: Driver who hit deputy’s squad car failed sobriety tests, had BAC three times legal limit

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MONROE COUNTY, Ind. (Aug. 17, 2015) – A woman tested for a blood alcohol content of more than three times the legal limit after she crashed into a Monroe County sheriff’s deputy’s car Sunday night, police say.

Deputy Alexander Hahn was going north on South State Road 37 approaching the intersection with West Tapp Road when a 2008 GMC Arcadia failed to yield and hit the side of his Dodge Charger. The impact spun Hahn’s vehicle around and into a 2004 Honda Pilot stopped at the intersection. The police cruiser’s lights and siren were activated at the time. The accident happened around 9:45 p.m.

The driver of the Arcadia, identified as Leticia Cortes-Carbajal, failed field sobriety tests, police said. A preliminary breath test showed her blood alcohol content was more than three times the legal limit.

The deputy and Cortes-Carbajal were transported to IU Health Bloomington Hospital. Hahn was treated and released for soreness related to the crash.

Cortes-Carbajal was treated and released to the custody of the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office. She was taken to the Monroe County Correctional Facility on charges of operating while intoxicated and operating a motor vehicle while never receiving a driver’s license. She was also cited for failing to yield for an emergency vehicle.

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