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Prosecutor files formal charges for drive on frozen Downtown Canal

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Prosecutors filed formal criminal charges Thursday against the Indianapolis woman accused of being drunk while driving her car on the frozen Downtown Canal last month.

Online court records show the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office filed three misdemeanor counts of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated against Biankia Gleason, 33.

Investigators say Gleason was behind the wheel of the car seen driving on the canal around 11 p.m. Christmas night.

Witnesses told police the car traveled north on the ice of the canal, then tried to turn around and go south.

The vehicle then broke through the ice and plunged into the water.

Four people who had been ice skating on the canal recorded video of the car and jumped in to rescue Gleason.

Investigators say a portable breath test recorded Gleason’s blood alcohol content at 0.144%.

Officers say Gleason told them “she had no idea she was on ice and that she was following her GPS.”

IMPD officers arrested Gleason that night after she was checked by paramedics.

Online court records show Gleason was scheduled to appear in a Marion County courtroom Friday morning.

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