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PCSP: High speed pursuit ends in City of Valparaiso

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A high-speed pursuit which began in Union Township early this morning ended in the City of Valparaiso after the suspect crashed his vehicle, the Porter County Sheriff’s Police said.

According to police, at 12:50 a.m. PCSP Officer Chad Crosby was patrolling Ind. 130 in the Wheeler area when he clocked a 2014 Nissan Maxima traveling at 76 miles per hour in a zone posted at 35 mph.

Crosby, in his fully marked squad car, attempted to executive a traffic stop but the driver--subsequently identifed as Maxie Rallings Jr., 47, of Gary--instead accelerated and continued into the Valparaiso city limits, police said.

At Campbell Street and Vale Park Road, the Valparaiso Police Department succeeded in deploying stop sticks but Rallings managed to continue northbound in the southbound lanes of Campbell Street, police said. Then, in the 400 block of Franklin Street, Rallings swerved in the direction of a PCSP officer’s squad car. That officer avoided collision but Rallings continued left of center and “swiped” a a second PCSP squad car following behind the first, police said. That officer escaped injury.

Rallings then lost control of his car, entered a yard in the 400 block of Franklin Street, and struck a large tree stump, at which time VPD Sgt. Kobitz and his K-9 partner, Geist, placed him in custody, police said.

Rallings was transported to Valparaiso Medical for a blood draw and treatment of dog bite and then to the Porter County Jail, police said. He’s been charged with operating while intoxicated-refusal; fleeing law enforcement; reckless driving; and possession of marijuana.



Posted 3/2/2018




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