Police make drunken driving, warrant arrests

By By BEN RAYMOND LODE / Niles Daily Star
NILES -- A man was arrested in Niles on Monday pending charges for allegedly operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol.
Jesus Alonzo Espitia, 26, 107 North Illinois, Weslaco, Texas, was arrested after a police officer sitting at the intersection of Front and Sycamore streets saw Espitia allegedly rolling through the intersections stop light, the police report said.
The officer saw Espitia drive into the Credit Union parking lot, where he parked
Upon making contact, the officer could allegedly smell a strong odor of intoxicating liquor coming from Espitia's breath.
Espitia was put under arrested and transported to the Niles City Police Department where he was booked and lodged with a $300 bond.
In other police reports:
Paul Douglas Burdett, 35, 1950 S. 13th St., Niles, was brough to the city's police department by a Michigan State Police Niles Post 53 Trooper, the police report said.
The trooper stated he had made contact with Burdett near an accident scene in Howard Township.
Burdett was wanted on a warrant for failure to appear on a fail to transfer citation and for failure to appear on a driving with a license suspended violation citation.
He was booked and lodged at the Niles City Police Department and given a $300 bond
Stephenie Nicole Vaughn, 20, 918 South Ironwood, Mishawaka, Ind., was arrested after a police officer patrolling east on Broadway Street in Niles saw a vehicle parked in the middle of the street, the police report said.
The officer got closer to the vehicle and saw a passenger leg hanging out from the vehicle.
When the officer got too close to the vehicle, the driver drove of with his passenger's leg still hanging out of the passenger door.
The officer was able to stop the vehicle on Ninth Street.
Upon making contact with Vaughn, the officer could allegedly smell a strong odor of intoxicating smell from his breath. Vaughn was arrested and booked and lodged at the Niles City Police Department. She was given a $300 bond

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