Trooper’s car hit by impaired driver, while arresting another impaired driver

Trooper Ala'a Hamed was in his car with a suspected drunk driver, when he said he was rear ended by a Hammond woman, who also appeared to be under the influence.

Posted: May 18, 2019 6:10 PM
Updated: May 18, 2019 6:19 PM

LAKE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) - An Indiana State Trooper was rear ended by an impaired driver, while he was sitting in his police car with another impaired driver. It happened around 12:10 a.m. Saturday morning.

Trooper Ala’a Hamed was sitting stationary facing south bound on the west shoulder near the intersection of Broadway and 15th Avenue in Gary. His fully marked police car was out of traffic and had all its emergency lights activated.

Hamed had detained 48-year-old Mario L. Rodriguez of Valparaiso, who was sitting in Hamed’s police car for allegedly driving impaired. Hamed said heard what sounded like a car crashing when he looked in his rear view mirror. That's when he said he saw a silver Chevrolet coupe sideswipe a parked 2016 Chevrolet van, then ricochet off and hit the rear of his police car. 

Hamed said he immediately asked Rodriguez if he was alright, which he said he was. Hamed said he then went to check on the driver of the Chevrolet coupe. The Chevrolet van was not occupied.

Upon approaching the Chevrolet, he could see it was being driven by a black female who he said tried to accelerate the car towards him. However, the Chevrolet was wedged and stuck into the rear of the police car and her front tires were spinning. Hamed proceeded with a felony stop until the female complied with his commands to exit the Chevrolet.

Through Hamed’s training and the female’s action, Hamed believed she may have been driving under the influence. She was identified as 36-year-old Ashley P. Brown of Hammond.

Hamed, Rodriquez, Brown were checked at the scene by Gary EMS and cleared.

Further investigation showed Brown and Rodriguez were both impaired. Brown tested .13% blood alcohol level on a certified test and Rodriguez tested .16% blood alcohol level.

Both were transported and incarcerated at the Lake County Jail in Crown Point.

Rodriguez was charged with Operating While Intoxicated .15% B.A.C, OWI Endangerment, OWI per se, Driving While Suspended Infraction and Speeding.

Brown was charged with OWI Endangerment, OWI with a B.A.C. over .08%, and Failure to Yield to Stationary Emergency Vehicle.

Left: Mug shot of Ashley P. Brown provided by Indiana State Police.

Below: Photo of Brown's car after rear ending an ISP Trooper car. Photo provided by Indiana State Police.

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