Mentone man arrested for OWI after disturbance at Etna Green cemetery

A Mentone man was recently jailed after he allegedly caused damage to an Etna Green cemetery while driving under the influence with a child. 

According to police reports, Kyle Michaelson, 33, of Mentone, was charged with two Level 6 felonies for operating a vehicle while intoxicated with an alcohol concentration equivalent of .15 or more with a passenger under the age of 18, and operating while intoxicated with a prior conviction.

Michaelson was also charged with two Class A misdemeanors for operating while intoxicated with an ACE of .15 or more, and cemetery mischief. 

The arrest happened on January 25. The Koscuisko County Sheriff's Department received a report of a loud vehicle driving through a rural Etna Green cemetery after 10 p.m.  When the deputy arrived at the cemetery, he found Michaelson, an adult passenger, and a child  in the vehicle.

Michaelson claimed they were at the cemetery to pick up brush, and pay respect to a deceased relative. Michaelson's vehicle was also reported to have mud and grass around its wheel wells. The deputy noticed burnout tire marks on the pavement, several tire tracks through the grass, and multiple grave sites that appeared to have been messed with. The adult passenger of the vehicle offered to pay for any damages, but denied that they had caused any damage to the cemetery. 

Michaelson eventually admitted to consuming three beers, and failed several field sobriety tests given. A certified chemical test result revealed Michaelson's BrAC was 0.17%. Michaelson was arrested and booked at the Koscuisko County Jail. He has since been released on a bond of $750.