Chesterton runaways suspected of burglarizing homes in Lake County led
officers on a high-speed chase through South Haven on Wednesday, Nov. 2,
Portage Police said.
The incident began
at 9 p.m., when officers responded to the Wal-Mart for the report of a theft
in progress. On their arrival, officers spotted the suspects exiting the
store and ordered them to stop. Instead the pair ran to a red Dodge Dakota
and fled the scene,
Officers began a
pursuit of the Dakota as the suspects made their way to South Haven--driving
“extremely recklessly through the neighboring streets, curbs, and
grass”--and then back to U.S. Highway 6, police said.
“disregard(ing) several traffic signals and lane markings,” reached speeds
of 100 miles per hour, until in the area of C.R. 350E Cpl. Chris Irsa
performed a “precision immobilization technique,” or PIT maneuver, by which
he was able to force the pickup truck to turn abruptly sideways, causing its
driver to lose control and stop, police said.
The suspects then
fled the Dakota on foot and on being apprehended by officers “continued to
physically resist” being placed in custody, in the process of which they
inflicted a shoulder injury on one of the officers, who was subsequently
treated at Porter Portage Hospital Campus, police said.
On taking the two
boys into custody, officers learned that the pair was suspected of
committing several residential burglaries in Lake County as well as of being
involved in an earlier pursuit which began in New Chicago and terminated in
Gary, where they succeeded in eluding officers, police said.
At the time of
their arrest the suspects were also considered to be armed and dangerous,
police added, inasmuch as “multiple firearms” had been stolen in the Lake
County residential burglaries.
“The work by our
officers was exceptional,” Police Chief Troy Williams said. “The thoughtless
and careless actions by these subjects put many people in harm’s way, to
include injuring one of our officers. I commend our officers for their
professionalism, restraint, and calmness during this entire incident.”