A stolen vehicle
rolled into the Burns Waterway early Tuesday morning after the two persons
riding in it jumped out while being pursued by law enforcement, the Ogden
Dunes Police Department is reporting.
police, at 4:08 a.m. a two-man ODPD unit attempted to stop a vehicle for a
moving violation. The driver, however, ignored the unitís emergency lights
and siren and instead drove into the Marina Shores neighborhood of Portage,
where they left the roadway before leaping out of the vehicle, police said.
continued on, entering Burns Waterway and sinking, police said.
Following a brief
foot pursuit--in which Burns Harbor, Porter, and Portage police officers
assisted--the suspects were apprehended and taken into custody, police said.
The passenger was transported immediately to Porter County Jail. The driver,
complaining of neck pain, was examined at Porter Portage Hospital Campus and
subsequently released, at which time he too was transported to PCJ, police
investigation determined that the vehicle, a 2004 Jeep Cherokee, had been
stolen in LaPorte during the late evening hours on Monday and that its
owners were unaware of the theft until being informed by law enforcement,
charges are pending against the driver: felony theft; felony resisting law
enforcement; speeding; reckless driving; driving while suspended; and
leaving the scene of an accident.
A charge of
resisting law enforcement is pending against the passenger.
Divers from the
Portage Fire Departmentís Marine Unit located the Jeep and assisted Joeís
Towing in recovering it from Burns Waterway.