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CPD: Motorist hits 80 mph in Morgan Park fleeing traffic stop

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A Chesterton husband and wife were arrested Sunday on multiple charges after Chesterton Police said that the wife reached a speed of 80 miles per hour in Morgan Park while fleeing a traffic stop.

Charged with resisting law enforcement and reckless driving was Rhonda Renee Clark, 40, of 419 E. Morgan Ave., police said; charged with possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia was Jimmy Wayne Clark, 41, of the same address.

According to police, at 8:36 p.m. Rhonda Clark was northbound on Roosevelt Road when an officer activated his emergency lights and tried to stop her for no license plate light. Rhonda Clark did not stop but instead turned left onto westbound Bowser Ave., accelerated, and at one point was clocked at a speed of 80 mph in a zone posted at 20 mph, police said.

At the intersection of Bowser Ave. and Jeffrey Street, Rhonda Clark turned right, the passenger’s side door opened, and Jimmy Clark exited the vehicle while it was still in motion, police said. Rhonda Clark then continued northbound on Jeffrey Street, at which point the officer broke off his pursuit “due to the time of day, the neighborhood, and the number of pedestrians walking along roadside with children,” police said.

Rhonda Clark was subsequently taken into custody at her residence. “I give up,” police quoted her as saying. “I didn’t do anything wrong.”

Jimmy Clark, for his part—shirtless, as it happens—was taken into custody in the area of East Morgan Ave. and Wilson Street while “attempting to blend in with a group of walking teenagers,” police said.

Police did say that, after observing an officer closing in on him, Jimmy Clark “attempted to discard a clear plastic sandwich bag” containing a substance which later field-tested positive for marijuana. A pack of rolling papers was also found on his person, police said.

In addition, a computer check showed Jimmy Clark to be wanted on active warrants issued through Porter County and charging him with attempted theft, driving while suspended, and leaving the scene of an accident, police said.

Rhonda Clark and Jimmy Clark were both transported to Porter County Jail. Rhonda Clark was issued citations for expired license plate and speeding.




Posted 6/18/2012