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Portage PD Man hits 100 mph on I94 fleeing officer

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A Michigan City resident was arrested Thursday on multiple charges after Portage Police said that he fled officers at speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour on I-94.

Joseph Hernandez, 29, was charged with operating while intoxicated, resisting law enforcement, and criminal recklessness, police said.

According to police, at 1:57 p.m. an officer clocked Hernandez at 84 miles per hour in a zone of U.S. Highway 20 posted at 45 mph. The officer activated his emergency light and siren and followed Hernandez as he disregarded a red light at the intersection of Ind. 249, then proceeded to the eastbound lanes of I-94, police said.

While reaching speeds in excess of 100 mph, Hernandez “nearly caused several accidents with other motorists as he was recklessly trying to flee,” police said. An Indiana State Police trooper subsequently succeeded in stopping Hernandez when the latter exited I-94 on the southbound Ind. 49 exit ramp, police said.

Hernandez showed signs of intoxication and failed several field sobriety tests but refused to submit to a chemical test, police said. A warrant for a blood draw was then obtained and executed at Porter Portage Hospital Campus, police said.

Hernandez was transported to Porter County Jail.



Posted 4/5/2013