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Driver’s blood alcohol level allegedly 6 times limit

Friday, September 28, 2012 - 12:22 pm

An alleged drunken driver involved in a multivehicle crash Thursday in northeast Fort Wayne registered a blood alcohol content more than six times the legal limit, police said.

Three people, including the alleged drunken driver, were hurt in the wreck, which occurred just before 2:40 p.m. at the intersection of Evard and Maplecrest roads, Fort Wayne Police spokeswoman Officer Raquel Foster said in a statement.

According to Foster, witnesses told police a man was traveling southbound on Maplecrest in a silver Toyota Corolla, approaching the intersection with Evard, where southbound traffic was stopped at a red light.

The Corolla apparently failed to stop and crashed into the stopped vehicles, Foster said. The driver of the Corolla, who was not identified, took a blood alcohol test at a hospital and registered a content of 0.52 percent, Foster said. The legal limit is 0.08 percent.

In all, five vehicles – the Corolla and four minivans – were involved in the wreck. The driver of the Corolla and another person were taken to the hospital in serious condition, while a third person was hospitalized in fair condition, Foster said.

Shortly before the crash, Allen County police had put out an “attempt to locate,” or ATL, on the Corolla because of possible reckless driving, Foster said.

The crash remains under investigation by city police and the Allen County Prosecutor’s Office, Foster said.