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Aggravated DWI Arrest Reported in Southeast

The Putnam County Sheriff's Office provided the following information. It does not indicate a conviction.

Police say a recent traffic stop in Southeast led to the arrest of a 35-year-old Carmel man.

According to the , Ales Makarenko is facing two misdemeanor charges: driving while intoxicated and aggravated driving while intoxicated. The latter typically indicates a blood-alcohol level of 0.18 percent or higher. The legal limit is 0.08.

"On Sept. 9 at 12:25 a.m., while stopped at a red light at the intersection of John Simpson Road and Route 6 in the Town of Southeast, Sgt. Lee Stabe observed a motorist pass to the right of the sergeant’s stopped vehicle and proceed through the intersection in violation of the traffic signal," officials said in a statement released Thursday. "With the assistance of Deputy Sheriff Frederick Mark, the sergeant stopped the suspect vehicle and determined that the driver, identified ... was intoxicated."

Makarenko allegedly failed field sobriety tests. He was held at the Putnam County Correctional Facility, where he awaited arraignment. He will be due in Southeast Justice Court at a later date.

The Sheriff's Office generally does not release blood-alcohol levels, as they may be considered evidentiary. The legal limit is 0.08.

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