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Man crashes into Liberty Township detention pond

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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.

According to police, the crash occurred at 12:01 p.m. in the area of U.S. Highway 6 and C.R, 200W.

Two witnesses 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 roadway.

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.”

The driver’s 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.


Posted 3/27/2014