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CPD: Reported car thief crashes vehicle on Indiana 49

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A Chesterton resident is facing multiple charges after the Chesterton Police Department said that she stole a vehicle on Tuesday, then crashed into two other vehicles on Ind. 49.

The suspect was transported to hospital after the incident and has not yet been formally charged.

According to police, at 10:37 a.m. officers responded to Luke’s Alignment & Auto Repair following a report that a female subject was stealing a silver-colored passenger vehicle from the business. The first officer to arrive at the scene observed a woman leaving Luke’s in a silver Chrysler 200--registered to a resident of Porter--and followed the woman as she made her way to eastbound Indian Boundary Road, then to northbound Ind. 49.

There, a witness advised police, the woman attempted to pass a second vehicle on the right, in the process striking a concrete  barrier on her passenger’s side, bouncing off the barrier, then hitting the second vehicle’s front passenger’s side bumper. The woman continued northbound until rear-ending a third vehicle slowed or stopped in traffic, police said.

The investigating officer was unable to speak to the 28-year-old woman, as she was transported to hospital for treatment of injuries sustained in the crashes, police said.

The driver of the third vehicle was also transported to hospital after complaining of head pain, police said. The driver of the second vehicle escaped injury.

Police estimated total damage to the three vehicles at up to $25,000

Police added that, while making her way to Indian Boundary Road from Luke’s, the woman “drove up” onto a front yard in the 200 block of West Indiana Ave. and “damaged some landscaping.”




Posted 9/24/2020




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