LOGANSPORT MAN SENTENCED FOR CONVICTION IN ABSENTIA
LOGANSPORT MAN FAILS TO APPEAR FOR HIS OWN TRIAL
Guerby Bien-Aime, 50, of Logansport was sentenced on June 28, 2021 in Cass Superior Court 2 for a trial held in absentia earlier this year. On April 12, Bien-Aime was ordered to appear by Judge Lisa Swaim for his trial on charges of Driving While Intoxicated and Resisting Law Enforcement. When Bien-Aime failed to appear in court as ordered on May 19 , Deputy Prosecutor Joseph Thieke asked to proceed in his absence, and Swaim granted the request.
The State presented evidence that on August 17, 2020 officer Leanne Morales of the Logansport Police Department encountered the defendant driving erratically near the intersection of 6th Street and Ottowa in Logansport. Following a traffic stop, the defendant exhibited signs of intoxication including glassy eyes, slurred speech, odor of alcohol on his breath and flirting with the investigating officer. After failing standard field sobriety tests, the defendant was given a portable blood test which indicated a blood alcohol level of .168.
Upon being detained by the officer, Bien-Aime fought, refusing to comply with orders, being combative and resisting being transported to the jail.
At the conclusion of the trial a warrant for Bien-Aime’s arrest was issued, which was served on May 25, 2021. A month later, the defendant was sentenced to one year in the Cass County jail, the balance of which was suspended to probation. His driver’s license was also suspended pursuant to Indiana law.