pursuit which began at Virk’s Mart in Pine Township on Monday ended at
Shelton Fireworks in Porter, with the arrest of five Lake County men on
multiple charges, the Porter County Sheriff’s Police said.
22, Calvin Tansil, 22, Breyon Watson, 19, and Alante Sharp, 20, all of
Merrillville, and the driver, Tyrell Bailey, 20, of Gary, were each charged
with possession of marijuana, dealing marijuana, resisting law enforcement,
and carrying an unpermitted handgun, police said.
Bailey was also
charged with leaving the scene of an accident, reckless driving, and
maintaining a common nuisance, police said.
The incident began
at 3:10 p.m., when an officer on routine patrol clocked Bailey at 52 miles
per hour in a zone of westbound U.S. Highway 12 posted at 40 mph, police
said. The officer attempted to perform a traffic stop on Bailey in the
parking lot of the Virk’s Mart at the intersection of U.S. 12 and Ind. 520,
and Bailey did come to a stop at the pumps, but as the officer was exiting
his squad car Bailey accelerated quickly and fled the scene, southbound on
Ind. 520, police said.
followed Bailey, the latter driving a silver Oldsmobile Alero, as Bailey
blew the stop sign at the intersection of U.S. Highway 20, turned right, and
quickly hit speeds in excess of 100 mph, “reaching 120 mph at one point,”
“The Alero weaved
in and out of both westbound lanes in order to avoid the other vehicles on
the roadway,” police said, and in the area of C.R. 450E “nearly struck a
semi-trailer in the outside lane of traffic.”
deployed at U.S. 20 and C.R. 300E failed to end the pursuit, when Bailey
merely sidestepped them, by veering into the eastbound lanes, police said.
At U.S. 20 and Tremont Road he blew a red light, “slowing only slightly” and
almost striking several vehicles on his way through the intersection, police
said. A second deployment of stop-sticks, this time at U.S. 20 and Waverly
Road, failed as well and for the same reason, as Bailey simply veered into
the eastbound lanes, police said.
Bailey finally lost
control of the Alero just west of the I-94 overpass and crashed into the
concrete median. Bailey and the other four occupants all exited the car and
fled on foot, in the direction of Shelton Fireworks, but were quickly taken
into custody, Watson by K-9 partner Doler, Tansil by Taser, police said.
Found at the scene
and on the suspects’ persons were the following items of contraband, police
The five suspects
also had seven cell phones among them and several hundred dollars in cash
apiece, police said.
Bailey was issued
eight citations for speeding, unsafe lane movement, disregarding lighted
signals, disregarding stop sign, failure to signal lane change, following
too closely, interfering with oncoming traffic, and operating a vehicle
without proof of financial responsibility.
They were medically
cleared, then transported to Porter County Jail.