Valparaiso boy was transported to the Porter County Juvenile Detention
Center on Friday, Dec. 1, after leading Chesterton Police officers on a
pursuit through town and then ultimately into Jackson Township.
Chief Dave Lohse told the Chesterton Tribune on Wednesday that the
incident began shortly before 10 p.m., when officers were dispatched to the
100 block of South Jackson Blvd. to investigate a report of suspicious
circumstances. In the course of their investigation, officers attempted to
perform a traffic stop on the boy--who Lohse said subsequently proved not to
be involved in the initial incident--but the boy fled the scene, making his
way to West Porter Ave.
The boy was
westbound on West Porter Ave.--“driving aggressively” and “traveling too
fast”--when he attempted to turn left onto southbound 23rd Street but slid
through the intersection, striking a NIPSCO pole on the west side of the
road, police said. The boy then backed up, re-entered the roadway, and
continued southbound on 23rd Street, followed by officers.
The boy made it as
far as Jackson Township, when his vehicle became inoperable in a driveway in
the 800 north block of C.R. 400E, police said, at which point he was taken
into custody and detained on a delinquency charge of resisting law
enforcement. He was also issued citations for improper passing, failure to
stop at a stop sign, no proof of financial responsibility, and driving while