February 26, 2010
South Bend, IN (The Weekly Vice) - Michael Coplen, a 46-year-old South Bend man was jailed for a DWI after he alerted officers to his inebriated state in an interesting way - by driving away from a gas station with the pump hose dragging behind his car.
According to South Bend authorities, police received reports of a truck traveling on west on U.S. 20/U.S. 31 with a gas station's hose and nozzle hanging from his tank, striking several vehicles and becoming entangled in the truck's tires.
Officers stopped the vehicle and smelled alcohol on Coplen as they were questioning him. He failed several sobriety tests, and was taken in for a blood-alcohol test, which showed his level to be 0.13, nearly twice the state's legal limit of 0.08.
Coplen told police that he had just bought gas st the Speedway Gas Station on East Ireland Rd. Store employees stated that he paid with a credit card. The hose and nozzle were returned to the gas station, however cost estimates of the damage have not yet been disclosed.
Coplen was booked into the St. Joseph County Jail and charged with drunk driving. Bond information was not available.
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