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Bloomington Man Charged with Violating Stay-at-Home Order after Crashing Vehicle



(BLOOMINGTON) — A 20-year-old man was arrested after violating Gov. Eric Holcomb’s stay-at-home order.

He also is among the first in Indiana to be charged with violating the just-imposed local disaster emergency order, a misdemeanor that carries a penalty of a $1,000 fine and up to six months in jail.

At about 4:20 a.m. on Wednesday, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department was called to an accident scene on State Road 45. A deputy found a Ford F-150 had left the road and crashed into multiple trees.

The driver, Joseph A. Baker, of 701 South Eastside Drive, was unhurt, but he was taken arrested on a charge of operating a vehicle while intoxicated endangering a person, minor consuming alcohol, operating a vehicle with an alcohol concentration equivalent of .08 but less than .15 and violation of a local emergency order.

The sheriff’s office said Baker didn’t meet the parameters as permitted travel.

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