A Benton Harbor,
Mich., man was arrested on multiple charges on Wednesday after the Porter
County Sheriff’s Police said that he fled a traffic stop in a stolen squad
car--accompanied by his infant son--before then invading a Jackson Township
Stacey Groves, 26,
was charged with residential entry, auto theft, resisting law enforcement,
child endangerment, criminal mischief, and leaving the scene of an accident,
police, at 12 p.m. Groves was stopped by a Hobart Police officer, assisted
by an Indiana State trooper, in the westbound lanes of the Indiana Toll
Road, at approximately the 39 mile marker near the Porter/LaPorte county
In the course of
the traffic stop, the HPD officer requested Groves--holding his 7-month-old
son--to sit in the front passenger’s seat of the officer’s unmarked Dodge
Charger squad car. Groves did so, then asked the HPD officer to retrieve his
son’s pacifier from his own vehicle, police said. As the HPD officer was
looking for the pacifier, Groves stole the officer’s squad car, police said.
through and around traffic on the shoulder,” fled the scene westbound,
followed by the ISP trooper, who, however, quickly lost sight of the Dodge
Charger, police said.
Township, Groves is believed to have made his own exit off the Toll Road, by
driving down a berm, then through a cattle fence, and from there heading
eastbound on C.R. 1000N, police said. Groves’ next move was to leave the
squad car in the roadway on C.R. 475E, just south of C.R. 1050N, where he
“forced his way” into a nearby house and asked the homeowner for help,
At some point the
homeowner managed to call 911--as did a neighbor who’d noticed the Dodge
Charger left in the roadway--and as responding PCSP officers entered the
residence, Groves, having left his son in the house, “jumped out” of a
second-story window, then stole a fully marked squad car from one of the
officers, police said.
Groves didn’t get
far, driving the squad car 400 yards through a wooded area adjacent to the
house, then leaving it to flee on foot, police said. It was after Groves had
made it into an open field, in the area of C.R. 1050N and Greening Road,
that the LCSP’s Eagle 1 helicopter, called to assist in the manhunt, spotted
him, police said. Eagle 1 began circling Groves and descending, until the
helicopter’s co-pilot was able to make a safe exit and take Groves into
custody, police said.
unharmed, was released to his mother, and at mid-afternoon on Wednesday,
PCSP Sgt. Jamie Erow told the Chesterton Tribune, all squad cars and
personnel were accounted for.
Erow did say that
the incident prompted the PCSP to call a lockdown at both Jackson and
Liberty Elementary schools.