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PCSP: Dad and daughter in high-speed pursuit on Fathers Day

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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.

Charged with 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.

According to 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, police said.

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, police said.

Both Foxes were taken into custody and transported to Porter County Jail while the van’s other two occupants were released at the scene.

Agencies assisting the PCSP were the Beverly Shores and Michigan City PDs and the LaPorte County Sheriff’s Police.



Posted 6/18/2019




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