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Charges filed in accident

Teresa Fralish | Monday, January 24, 2005

The Notre Dame student police said was driving under the influence during an accident Jan. 16 at Douglas and Juniper Roads will face misdemeanor charges from the St. Joseph County Prosecutor’s office, said clerk Tracy Decker.

Junior Helios MacNaught, 20, flipped his red Jeep Cherokee after driving into the median strip in the middle of Douglas Road around 4 a.m., police said. Neither MacNaught nor his passenger, a Notre Dame junior whose name and age police would not release, was seriously injured.

Because he has no prior DUI arrests, MacNaught’s offense will be prosecuted as a Class C misdemeanor, said Decker. According to Indiana code, MacNaught can receive a combination of fines and community service hours in addition to a 180-day license suspension.

The Observer has been unable to contact MacNaught.

At the time of the accident, MacNaught’s blood alcohol content was between 0.15 and 0.8, according to Captain John Gruszynski of the St. Joseph County Police. In Indiana, the legal BAC limit for drivers over 21 is 0.08.