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Vehicle pursuit ends in Crocker; three suspects still at large

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A vehicle pursuit which began in Center Township early Monday morning, then proceeded into Union Township, ended with an arrest of one suspect in the Crocker area of Liberty Township, the Porter County Sheriff’s Police is reporting.

According to police, at 12:38 a.m. a PCSP deputy was on the lookout for a suspect vehicle involved in a burglary at the Target in Valparaiso. That vehicle--described as a dark colored Chevrolet Malibu with a New Jersey license plate--the deputy spotted in the area of U.S. Highway 30 and C.R. 200W, police said. As the deputy was confirming it as the suspect vehicle, its driver suddenly accelerated westbound on U.S. 30, prompting the deputy to activate his emergency lights and sirens, police said.

At C.R. 475W, the Malibu--occupied by four subjects “all wearing black hoodies"--turned north, exceeding speeds of 100 miles per hour and at one point passing another vehicle in a no-passing zone, police said. At Ind. 130, the suspect vehicle turned eastbound, still traveling at more than 100 mph, then made an abrupt left turn onto northbound Ind. 149, “nearly going off the east side of the roadway,” police said.

At the intersection of Ind. 149 and U.S. Highway 6, the Malibu’s front passenger’s side tire struck a set of stop sticks deployed by a Burns Harbor Police officer, causing the car to slow as the tire “popped and ripped away,” police said. “As it slowed down, the driver made a sudden right turn” in the Great Oaks Nursery & Garden Center, 1021 N. Ind. 149, about a quarter mile south of the Crocker area of Chesterton on 1050N.

All four occupants exited “the still moving vehicle” and fled eastbound on the property in the direction of the far back woodline, immediately south and west of the Springdale planned unit development and Abercrombie Woods to the east. Only one of the four was apprehended, a Holland, Mich., resident identified as Daitwan Sincere Jones, 18, who was arrested on a charge of resisting law enforcement and transported to Porter County Jail, police said.

Jones is not believed to have been the Malibu’s driver, police said.

A K-9 unit was dispatched to the scene to conduct a track of the remaining suspects but without success, police said.



Posted 10/6/2020




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