resident was arrested early Wednesday morning on a charge of resisting law
enforcement after leading police officers from numerous Duneland departments
on a high-speed pursuit into Lake County, the Burns Harbor Police Department
According to the
BHPD, at 1:19 a.m. an officer was patrolling the Pilot Travel Center, 243
U.S. Highway 20, when he observed, parked between two semi-tractor trailers,
a white minivan resembling one believed to have been involved in the theft
of whiskey from a rig the day before. As the officer passed the vehicle, “it
quickly exited” the parking lot and turned left onto eastbound U.S. 20,
making “an improper turn at the intersection,” police said.
activated his emergency lights and attempted to execute a traffic stop on
the minivan, but its driver--subsequently identified as Brandy Unique Morse,
40, of Chicago--turned off the vehicle’s “head and tail lamps before
accelerating quickly” and merging onto westbound I-94, police said.
“The vehicle weaved
from lane to lane, failing to signal, and continued to do so at over 100
mph,” police said.
An Ogden Dunes
police officer subsequently joined the pursuit, as did officers from the
Chesterton and Porter PDs, the Lake and Porter county sheriff’s police, and
the Indiana State Police. In Lake Station, Morse exited I-94 and continued
northbound on Ripley Street, turned left onto westbound U.S. 20, and
proceeded to the merger of U.S. 20 and U.S. 12, where--at “speeds in excess
of 100 mph, weaving from left to right with no working lights”--she
disregarded a traffic control device before merging onto the eastbound
Indiana Toll Road, police said.
At the 25.6 mile
marker, an ISP trooper succeeded in deploying stop sticks, “which the van
struck with its front driver’s side tire, causing it to run flat,” then
slow, then finally stop at the 28.6 mile marker, police said.
the occupants of the minivan to exit their vehicle, but they refused to do
so for roughly 15 minutes, police said. At last Morse exited, followed by
three male subjects, and a search of the vehicle was conducted “with
negative results,” police said.
within the vehicle stated they knew nothing about the thefts from the Pilot
in the day prior and that they were sleeping in the car,” police said.
“It was confirmed
that the female occupant of the vehicle”--Morse--“was driving by her own
admission,” police said.
transported to Porter County Jail and the three male subjects released from