BLOOMINGTON – On Thursday four local Indiana State Troopers were recognized by the Indiana chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (M.A.D.D.) for excellence in getting drunk drivers off Indiana’s roads.
NHTSA data shows nearly 30 people die every day across the United States in drunk driving crashes. That averages to one preventable death every 50 minutes, making the efforts of these troopers even more commendable.
Trooper Noah Ewing of the Indiana State Police Jasper Post was recognized for his impressive efforts. In 2020, Ewing was responsible for removing 50 drunk drivers from our local roads. Ewing primarily patrols in Orange County. Ewing graduated from the 75th Recruit Academy.
Trooper Teressa Bowling of the Indiana State Police Jasper Post was also recognized for her part in removing 37 drunk drivers from Indiana’s roads. Bowling primarily patrols Perry County. Bowling is a graduate of the Indiana State Police 78th Recruit Academy and was the 2020 Jasper Trooper of the Year.
Trooper Justin Mears, from the Sellersburg Post, is an 8-year veteran of the Indiana State Police. He has been recognized as one of ISP’s top five OWI enforcement officers for the past three years, amassing more than 100 impaired driving arrests for each of those years. Trooper Mears is also a certified Drug Recognition Expert and Standard Field Sobriety Instructor, assisting and training other officers across the state.
Trooper Morgenn Evans has been an ISP Trooper for five years. The Indiana State Police recognized Trooper Evans as a member of the top five Troopers for impaired driving arrests. In his short time as a Trooper, Evans has received the Combat Action Award and a Purple Heart, both earned during the apprehension of an impaired driver.
Recognized troopers received a certificate for their achievements as well as a pin and a challenge coin.
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