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Separate Crimes at Gas Station

(La Porte, IN) - A La Porte gas station was the scene of separate crimes including one that developed into a police pursuit.


The first case on Monday afternoon involved a woman striking the back end of a vehicle driven by a correctional officer then hitting one of the pumps at the BP station at Lincolnway and Tyler Street.  That’s according to La Porte City Police, who are pursuing charges of Operating While Intoxicated against 47-year old Pamela Lawson.


Police said that after striking the correctional officer’s vehicle, the La Porte woman pulled into the gas station parking lot and ran into one of the pumps.


Police said Lawson was unsteady on her feet when she stepped out of her 2002 Ford Mustang.  A blood test allegedly revealed a high level of the painkiller Percocet in her system.  Just minor damage resulted from the collisions.


About 15 minutes later, a man was followed into the gas station parking lot by a police officer for having expired plates and a suspended driver’s license.  When informed he was going to be given a sobriety test, police said Adam Gemberling, 28, fled westbound on Lincolnway.


During the pursuit, police said Gemberling passed multiple vehicles including a school bus.  However, he never exceeded 60 miles per hour and always used his turn signal before when veering onto 400 West, Joliet Road and 425 West.


Police said the pursuit ended when Gemberling pulled into the driveway of his home.  His alleged blood alcohol level was over three times the legal limit.  Gemberling was arrested for OWI, Resisting Law Enforcement and Reckless Driving.

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