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Fort Wayne Police briefs

Saturday, February 9, 2013 - 11:44 am

Drunken-driving suspect found snoozing in running vehicle

A Fort Wayne man faces a drunken driving charge after a Fort Wayne Police officer allegedly found him sleeping in a running vehicle, which was blocking traffic.

Officer R. Honeycutt responded to a report of an unconscious driver at 10:58 p.m. Thursday at Nuttman Avenue and Freeman Street, according to his report. Honeycutt reported that he tried to get the man, who was in the driver's seat of the running vehicle, to wake up by shining his flashlight into the man's eyes and knocking on the window. After a few attempts and yelling at the man, he woke up.

Honeycutt saw the man's eyes were red and he smelled of alcohol, according to the report. He asked the man why he was parked in a running vehicle in the roadway, to which the man responded that he was meeting a friend, according to the report.

"It appeared to me (name redacted) may have thought he was parked at his friend's house at that time," Honeycutt wrote. "I asked (name redacted) if he had been drinking and driving. He told me 'yes' he only had three beers and was able to drive."

Honeycutt administered a preliminary breath test on the man, then took him to Allen County Lock-up for a chemical test, which registered a 0.15 percent blood-alcohol level, according to the report.

The man was charged with operating while intoxicated.

Man allegedly fires shots in front of police officer

A Fort Wayne Police officer allegedly saw a man fire gunshots Thursday in the 4400 block of Gaywood Avenue.

The officer was parked in an unmarked squad car at 6:29 p.m. Thursday in the 4300 block of Gaywood when the suspect allegedly left a house a block away and fired a round from a semiautomatic handgun into the air, according to a report. The man fired two more times into the air as he went across the street and into a house, according to the report.

A backup officer arrived and detained the suspect outside. The suspect, whose name was redacted from the report, was identified by the first officer as the one who fired the shots, according to the report.

Police went into the home and found a handgun magazine containing five rounds on top of the refrigerator, a box of handgun ammunition in a closet and a .40-caliber Smith & Wesson SW4OVE in the basement, and later an officer found a .40-caliber shell casing on the sidewalk near where the suspect allegedly fired a shot, according to the report.

Because the man was previously convicted of a felony charge of battery/strangulation, he was charged with felony carrying a handgun without a license, according to the report.