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Valpo teen leads CPD on pursuit through town

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A 17-year-old 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.

Assistant Police 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 suspended-infraction.


Posted 12/7/2017




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