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Man jailed after crashing through Indiana State Prison gate

Indiana State Prison. (Provided Image/IDOC website)

MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. (AP) — State police say a motorist who crashed through the Indiana State Prison’s main gate has been been charged with drunken driving and criminal trespass.

Robert D. Merriman, 62, of Winamac, was arrested Tuesday after police say he drove a pickup truck through the gate at the prison, located in Michigan City about 40 miles west of South Bend.

Police say Merriman was found to have a blood-alcohol content of .14%, or nearly twice the state’s limit of .08% for drivers.

He has been charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated, operating a vehicle while intoxicated endangering others and criminal trespass.