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Alleged LPHS Crash Driver Named

(LaPorte, IN) - Police have identified the man who allegedly crashed into LaPorte High School.

Police say the investigation shows 20-year-old Antonio Avila was behind the wheel of a 1985 Ford F-150 that crashed through a wall of glass and brick early Monday.


Police say the owner of the truck is the suspect’s father, who claimed he allowed his son to take the truck to visit his girlfriend. Police say they asked the father to have his son call the police. So far, police have not revealed if the suspect made contact with law enforcement, but charges such as Institutional Criminal Mischief are being pursued.


Police say video surveillance shows the driver with no shirt on checking his cell phone before walking away from the scene of the crash. Damage was estimated at $50,000 to $100,000.

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