Man charged with OWI also accused violating Indiana’s stay-at-home order

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UPDATE (December 3, 2020): Joseph Baker pleaded guilty to OWI charges and was sentenced to one year probation and 40 hours community service.

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MONROE COUNTY, Ind. — A man arrested for allegedly driving drunk is also accused of violating Indiana’s stay-at-home order.

Joseph Baker, 20, is out of the Monroe County Jail on bond this morning. Jail records show he was arrested on Wednesday for operating a vehicle while intoxicated, minor consuming alcohol, and disobeying a declaration of disaster emergency.

Police say during their investigation they discovered Baker’s reason for travel didn’t meet the parameters of the stay-at-home order.

The order went into effect on Wednesday, March 25 as a preventative measure to help stop the spread of the coronavirus.

The penalty could mean a $1,000 fine and up to six months in jail

His initial hearing is scheduled for May 15.

We want to remind everyone that officers are not pulling people over to question why they are not at home.

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