A vehicle pursuit
which began in Center Township early Monday morning, then proceeded into
Union Township, ended with an arrest of one suspect in the Crocker area of
Liberty Township, the Porter County Sheriff’s Police is reporting.
police, at 12:38 a.m. a PCSP deputy was on the lookout for a suspect vehicle
involved in a burglary at the Target in Valparaiso. That vehicle--described
as a dark colored Chevrolet Malibu with a New Jersey license plate--the
deputy spotted in the area of U.S. Highway 30 and C.R. 200W, police said. As
the deputy was confirming it as the suspect vehicle, its driver suddenly
accelerated westbound on U.S. 30, prompting the deputy to activate his
emergency lights and sirens, police said.
At C.R. 475W, the
Malibu--occupied by four subjects “all wearing black hoodies"--turned north,
exceeding speeds of 100 miles per hour and at one point passing another
vehicle in a no-passing zone, police said. At Ind. 130, the suspect vehicle
turned eastbound, still traveling at more than 100 mph, then made an abrupt
left turn onto northbound Ind. 149, “nearly going off the east side of the
roadway,” police said.
At the intersection
of Ind. 149 and U.S. Highway 6, the Malibu’s front passenger’s side tire
struck a set of stop sticks deployed by a Burns Harbor Police officer,
causing the car to slow as the tire “popped and ripped away,” police said.
“As it slowed down, the driver made a sudden right turn” in the Great Oaks
Nursery & Garden Center, 1021 N. Ind. 149, about a quarter mile south of the
Crocker area of Chesterton on 1050N.
All four occupants
exited “the still moving vehicle” and fled eastbound on the property in the
direction of the far back woodline, immediately south and west of the
Springdale planned unit development and Abercrombie Woods to the east. Only
one of the four was apprehended, a Holland, Mich., resident identified as
Daitwan Sincere Jones, 18, who was arrested on a charge of resisting law
enforcement and transported to Porter County Jail, police said.
Jones is not
believed to have been the Malibu’s driver, police said.
A K-9 unit was
dispatched to the scene to conduct a track of the remaining suspects but
without success, police said.