A Portage resident
is facing a possible charge of reckless driving after he crashed his car on
Wednesday into a Liberty Township subdivision’s detention pond, the Porter
County Sheriff’s Police said.
police, the crash occurred at 12:01 p.m. in the area of U.S. Highway 6 and
advised police that the driver of a red Pontiac Firebird--later identified
as a 20-year-old Portage man--passed them eastbound on U.S. 6 “at a much
higher rate of speed than surrounding vehicles.” One of the witnesses stated
that the driver swerved into the left-lane at U.S. 6 and C.R. 200W, then
quickly swerved right, then lost control, left the roadway, and crashed
through a fence.
Police said that
the Firebird went through a residential yard, crossed a street in the
subdivision, and came to rest in a pond, some 234 feet after first leaving
The driver, for his
part, “insisted he lost control due to a mechanical malfunction,” namely,
broken swing arms. “The vehicle’s swing arms were broken prior to the
crash,” police said. “However, he decided to drive it anyhow.”
passenger--who sustained several lacerations to the face--advised police
that the driver lost control after being cut off by another motorist at the
intersection and forced to swerve.
The PCSP is seeking
a warrant for the arrest of the driver on a charge of reckless driving.