Sullivan Man Arrested on OWI Charges and Spitting on Trooper

(OAKTOWN) – A Sullivan man was arrested Wednesday afternoon for driving under the influence and spitting on an Indiana State Trooper.

Troopers say he had a blood-alcohol content four times the legal limit.

Troopers arrested 51-year-old Ron G. Howson, on charges of driving while intoxicated, battery with a bodily fluid on a law enforcement officer, intimidation of a law enforcement officer and disorderly conduct.

At approximately 3 p.m., Trooper Hurley was patrolling in Oaktown when he observed the driver of a 2008 Chevrolet Avalanche driving left of center on Maple Street.

The driver was stopped and identified as Howson.

Trooper Hurley detected an odor of an alcoholic beverage and says Howson showed signs of impairment.

Field sobriety tests conducted on scene which Howson failed.

While Howson was being transported to Good Samaritan Hospital in Vincennes for a chemical test he started yelling and spitting.

Howson was told to stop, but he continued to yell and spit toward Trooper Hurley.

When they arrived at the hospital Howson refused to exit and had to be pulled from the vehicle. Howson continued to be disorderly and made several threats toward Trooper Hurley.

Further investigation at the hospital revealed Howson had a blood alcohol content of 0.32 percent.

He was transported to the Knox County Jail where he continued to be uncooperative.

Arresting Officer: Trooper Tanner Hurley, Indiana State Police