A Liberty Township
woman allegedly fleeing the scene of a shoplifting was arrested Wednesday
after a high-speed pursuit which began in Portage and ended in Chesterton,
Portage Police said.
Sansone, 34, of 123 W. U.S. Highway 6, Apt. B, was charged with theft,
reckless driving, and two counts of resisting law enforcement.
police, at 6:30 p.m. Sansone exited the Kohl’s at 6495 U.S. 6 with a
selection of merchandise she hadn’t paid for, including bras and panties. On
being confronted by a responding officer at her vehicle, a 2004 brown Buick
Century, Sansone looked at the officer, “put her hands up in the air in a
shrugging motion, and said, ‘I’ve gotta go,’” police said. She then put her
vehicle into drive, accelerated, and left the parking lot eastbound on U.S.
6, pursued first by one officer and then by several.
At the intersection
of McCool Road, police said, Sansone evaded an attempted rolling roadblock
when “she swerved violently in the Buick” and got around the squad car in
the two-way left turn lane; at the intersection of Ind. 149, Sansone again
used the left-turn lane to proceed straight through a red light, tossing
what appeared to be items of clothing out her window as she went; and in the
approach to the intersection of C.R. 200W, Sansone crossed the center line
to pass a slowing vehicle, forcing an oncoming vehicle to swerve to the
right and nearly run off the road into a culvert.
was traveling at high speeds, police said: 90 miles per hour at the
intersection of Meridian Road, double the posted limit of 45 mph; and then,
after leaving U.S. 6 for northbound Ind. 49, 97 mph in a zone posted at 55.
At the intersection
of Gateway Blvd., police said, Sansone proceeded straight in the right-turn
lane; at the intersection of 1100N, she “ran the red light as she weaved in
and out of traffic”; and at the intersections of East Porter Ave. and Indian
Boundary Road, she used the shoulder to pass stopped traffic, squeezing
“between several vehicles almost striking them as she maneuvered through.”
Just beyond the
intersection of Ind. 49, however, a Porter PD officer deployed stop sticks
on the shoulder which Sansone was unable to avoid. The sticks successfully
deflated her two passenger’s side tires but Sansone continued northbound on
Ind. 49 before swerving left, then right, and striking the wall on the
shoulder of the I-94 overpass, police said.
escorted (Sansone) kept saying that she didn’t have anything on her,” the
responding officer stated in his report. “I told (Sansone) that she could
have killed someone the way she was driving, and (Sansone) again stated that
she didn’t have anything on her. I told her that she still has one of the
security tags sticking out of the back of her pants.”
Several pairs of
women’s underwear were recovered from Sansone’s vehicle and other items were
recovered on the roadway, police said.
transported to Porter County Jail.