VALPARAISO (CBS) — Less than six months after Valparaiso honored former resident Orville Redenbacher with a statue downtown, one of his descendants has made news in a more infamous way.
Jordan Elizabeth Jones, 22, whose car was hit by a train Sunday and who then fought and wounded police and medical workers, said in court Tuesday morning she pays for college with a trust fund from her grandfather, Redenbacher.
Because of that, Porter County Superior Judge David Chidester declined to give her a public defender and set her bail bond at $7,500.
As of Tuesday evening, she was still being held in Porter County Jail, where’s she’s been since the accident and subsequent events that led to four felony and seven misdemeanor charges.
Chidester set her trial date for June 24.
She faces up to three years in prison on each of the Class D felony charges: battery, resisting law enforcement and two counts of battery by bodily waste.
Her misdemeanor charges include battery, criminal mischief, four OWI charges and disorderly conduct.
Before she was jailed Sunday for injuring two police officers and a nurse, blood drawn from her showed her blood alcohol level measured 0.226 percent.
It took eight people to restrain her so she could get stitches on her second trip to a hospital emergency room after she knocked herself out by repeatedly bashing her head against the cage separating the back seat of the squad car from officers in the front.
Jones had called Chesterton police at 4:15 a.m. after her yellow 2003 Pontiac Sunfire got stuck on railroad tracks on Broadway after turning off Calumet Road while she was trying to return home from Upper Deck in Chesterton, where she allegedly had been drinking.
She had locked herself out of the vehicle, and a train hit the rear passenger side, although she was not hurt.
A call to a relative of Orville Redenbacher’s for confirmation about the trust fund had not been returned.
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