A father and his
daughter led police officers on a high-speed pursuit late Sunday, beginning
in Westchester Township and ending in LaPorte County, the Porter County
Sheriff’s Police said.
resisting law enforcement and reckless driving were Billy Jo Fox, 44, of
Michigan City; and his daughter, Tabitha Fox, 21, of Lake Station. The PCSP
did not list their place of residence.
police, at 11:51 p.m. an officer on patrol in the area of U.S. Highway 20
and Brummitt Road clocked a maroon van eastbound on U.S. 20 at 92 miles per
hour in a zone posted at 55 mph. The officer turned his squad car around to
follow the van, which briefly entered the parking lot of Smokey’s Southern
BBQ, 375 E. U.S. 20, before taking off again at high speed, prompting the
officer to activate his emergency lights, police said.
The driver of the
van did not stop, however, but instead led the officer on a chase of
approximately 24 minutes, going as far east as Michigan City, then returning
to Porter County and into Beverly Shores, police said. “During the pursuit,
the driver(s) disregarded every stop sign and stop light” encountered,
The pursuit ended
when a LaPorte County Sheriff’s Police officer “performed a pursuit
intervention technique,” disabling the van, police said. Four
occupants--including Billy Jo Fox and Tabitha Fox--where detained, with
Tabitha Fox at the wheel when the pursuit concluded but subsequently
advising officers that her father had also driven the van during the chase,
Both Foxes were
taken into custody and transported to Porter County Jail while the van’s
other two occupants were released at the scene.
the PCSP were the Beverly Shores and Michigan City PDs and the LaPorte
County Sheriff’s Police.