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ISP: Man asleep in parked car wakes and flees trooper

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A Lake Village, Ind., motorist led troopers on a brief chase early this morning on I-80 before being apprehended, the Indiana State Police said.

According to police, at 12:19 a.m. a trooper observed a 2003 Ford Taurus parked in the “gore area” of the eastbound lanes of I-80 at Burr Street, that is, in the white-striped triangle between the right lane and the Burr Street entrance ramp.

On further investigation, the trooper determined that the driver of the Taurus—later identified as Ted E. Compton, 38—was asleep at the wheel with the engine running, police said. The trooper knocked on the window to awaken Compton, who then put the Taurus in gear and fled the scene, police said.

The pursuit lasted for three miles, until Compton exited at Grant Street and pulled over to the shoulder, police said.

Compton was arrested on charges of operating while intoxicated, operating a vehicle while being an habitual traffic violator, and resisting law enforcement, police said. He was transported to Lake County Jail.



Posted 3/5/2013