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High speed pursuit on US 20 ends in Porter with five arrests

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A high-speed 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.

Nathaniel Carter, 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.

The officer 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,” police said.

“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.”

Stop-sticks 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 said:

* Thirty-three grams of marijuana, individually packaged in one-gram baggies, were found in Watson’s trouser pocket as was a digital scale.

* One gram of marijuana was found in Bailey’s trouser pocket.

* A jar containing 28 grams of marijuana was found just outside the vehicle.

* Two prescription pill bottles containing a total of 14 grams of marijuana, also individually packaged, was found inside the vehicle.

* A fully loaded Rossi .38 caliber revolver was found approximately five feet from the crashed Alero.

* A fully loaded Glock .40 caliber semi-automatic was found in the trunk of the car, along with a fully loaded 31-round high capacity magazine.

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.



Posted 2/25/2014