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Four county pursuit ends in charges

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A Loves Park, Ill., resident was arrested Thursday on charges of resisting law enforcement following a pursuit which began in Starke County, passed through Porter County, and ended in Lake County, the Indiana State Police said.

Charged with resisting and possession of paraphernalia was Michael J. Ostrowski, 28, police said.

According to police, at 12:45 p.m. Ostrowski was stopped by a trooper on U.S. Highway 30 in Starke County after being clocked at 90 miles per hour in a zone posted at 60 mph. The trooper made contact with Ostrowski, who fled the scene as the trooper was working to identify him, police said.

About a mile east of U.S. Highway 421 Ostrowski managed to avoid stop sticks thrown in the roadway, then evaded another set of stop sticks as he entered Porter County near C.R. 405E, by entering the median and then traveling westbound in the eastbound lanes of U.S. 30 for about a mile, before crossing back to the westbound lanes, police said.

By this time the Porter County Sheriff’s Police and Valparaiso Police had shut down traffic in this area and as Ostrowski approached Ind. 49 he did finally hit a set of stop sticks but continued westbound on U.S. 30, police said.

Pursuing officers kept sight of Ostrowski until his vehicle finally broke down. He was taken into custody in the area of U.S. 30 and Ind. 51 in Lake County and transported to Porter County Jail.

Charges against him in Starke, LaPorte, and Lake counties are pending, police said.


Posted 11/9/2012