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Hit and run crashes in Liberty Township lead to charges

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A Washington Township resident faces multiple charges including operating while intoxicated and leaving the scene of an accident after she allegedly collided her vehicle with a second vehicle in the 1700 block of Vail Drive in Liberty Township, the Porter County Sheriff’s Police said.

According to police, at 10:40 p.m. a resident advised that neighbors had notified her that her vehicle had been hit by someone causing damage to the front passenger side.

Two witnesses advised they heard a loud noise and saw a white passenger vehicle strike their neighbor’s blue van, police said. They further advised that they saw a female subject get out of the vehicle and follow the vehicle down the road as it drove away, police said.

The resident located and approached the driver, Kelly Hansen, 32, 166 Jamestown Avenue, who told the resident she didn’t hit her car, police said.

When officers arrived, they observed damage to the van that had been caused by a side-sweep impact from another vehicle, police said. Hansen’s vehicle was also damaged on the driver side corner panel, police said.

Hansen initially advised that she was with a relative drinking at her residence but had not left all night, police said. Hansen then changed her statement and said that she and her relative had been drinking at the Roadhouse Bar at 4 U.S. Highway 6 but had not been involved in an accident, police said.

The relative advised that she and Hansen left the Roadhouse Bar and Hansen was driving through the neighborhood but she was not aware Hansen struck a vehicle, police said.

Police said Hansen showed several signs of intoxication, subsequently refused to submit to a portable breath test and a chemical test, and began yelling despite officer’s request for her to remain quiet.

Police said as they placed Hansen into a police vehicle, Hansen began kicking the police frequency scanner several times with her left foot and caused it to become inoperable.

Hansen was transported to Porter Regional Hospital where police said she made several “lewd comments” to nursing staff and attempted to kick at them as they drew two vials of her blood.

Hansen later was taken to Porter County Jail and was charged with operating while intoxicated, resisting law enforcement, public indecency, disorderly conduct, criminal mischief, and leaving the scene of an accident.

Police said they observed further damage to Hansen’s vehicle indicating she had been involved in a second collision. Police said they located the unreported crash location at Elmwood Park Drive and U.S. 6 where a pole with stop sign and a street sign attached had been run over and subsequently charged Hansen with a second count of leaving the scene of an accident.


Posted 9/3/2013