Fictitious license plate lands woman in jail on OWI charges

BEDFORD – A Bloomfield woman was arrested on alcohol-related charges after she was stopped for a traffic violation early Sunday, May 19.

Bedford Police Department Sgt. Faheem Bade was on patrols at 2:52 a.m. when he spotted a Honda SUV that had a tinted license plate cover making it hard to read the license plate.

Sgt. Bade followed the vehicle and ran the license plate. It returned to a black 2021 Chevrolet Silverado. Sgt. Bade stopped the vehicle.

Jessica Browne

Sgt. Bade spoke to the driver 43-year-old Jessica Browne, of Bloomfield. Sgt. Bade said Browne smelled of alcohol.

Browne was avoiding eye contact while speaking to police.

Browne admitted she had a drink earlier, while saying that she was attempting to conceal a can on her floorboard. She was asked to step out of the vehicle.

She failed several field sobriety tests. Browne submitted to a preliminary breath test and had a blood-alcohol content of 0.121%. Browne then agreed and was transported to IU Health Bedford Hospital for a blood draw.

Her vehicle was inventoried and police found an open Redds Wicked Apple Ale on the floorboard. This was what Browne was attempted to conceal. Police also located an emply can in the rear floorboard.

Once the blood test was completed Browne was transported to jail on charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated, OWI endangerment, and a charge of OWI per se is pending on the results of the blood test.

Stone City Collision towed the vehicle.