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CPD: Man charged with hit-and-run on S. 18th

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A Chesterton resident was arrested Friday on a charge of leaving the scene of an accident, Chesterton Police said.

According to police, at 11:30 p.m. a resident of the 900 block of South 18th Street reported that an unknown motorist had struck his unoccupied vehicle, parked in the driveway, with enough force to push it three feet from the driveway onto the grass, then left the scene.

Evidence at the scene--including a piece of a front bumper end cap--indicated that the suspect vehicle was a red Jeep SUV, 1996 to 2003, police said.

Not long after the crash, an officer located a Jeep of that description parked at 820 S. 19th St. and noted that it had damage consistent with the earlier accident, including a “visible paint transfer” from the unoccupied vehicle, police said.

Officers subsequently made contact with the resident, who advised that his stepson, Gregory D. Trowbridge Jr., 34, had been driving the vehicle and arrived home 20 minutes earlier but hadn’t “said anything about being in a wreck,” police said.

The resident permitted officers to go to Trowbridge’s room, where they found him sleeping and with difficulty roused him, police said.

Trowbridge admitted being the driver and stated that he was the only one in the vehicle at the time, police said.

“I asked Mr. Trowbridge why he didn’t stop after he hit the parked (vehicle) or try and notify the owner or police,” the investigating officer stated in his report. “Mr. Trowbridge did not answer.”

Trowbridge was medically cleared at the Franciscan Alliance ER department on Indian Boundary Road and then transported to Porter County Jail, police said.

Police estimated total damage to the unoccupied vehicle and the Jeep at approximately $10,000.



Posted 8/5/2013