(La Porte County, IN) - La Porte County Police arrested a driver who nearly struck oncoming vehicles during a pursuit that must have seemed as slow, perhaps, as a line of turtles.
Vincent Reeves, 48, of Knox, Indiana, is charged with Operating While Intoxicated, Resisting Law Enforcement with a Motor Vehicle, and Possession of a Legend Drug.
According to police, officers responding to a reckless driver report located Reeves before 8 p.m., veering back and forth across the center line on Johnson Road in the Waterford area. Close to a dozen vehicles were behind his Nissan Altima because he traveled at prolonged speeds.
Police said an officer attempted to make a traffic stop, but Reeves wouldn’t pull over and, sometimes, accelerated. He traveled anywhere from 6 miles per hour to nearly 30 mph. during the pursuit as oncoming drivers swerved out of his way, police said.
Reeves was eventually caught when the front tires on his vehicles were flattened by stop sticks placed by Deputy Tyler Olberholtzer on Johnson Road near the new Center Township Fire Station. Reeves appeared to be under the influence of the painkiller, Oxycodone found in his vehicle. However, officials later discovered that Reeves did not have a prescription for the pills.
Officers described him as confused, speaking with slurred speech, and looking like he wanted to fall asleep, judging by his droopy eyelids.
When asked where he was coming from, Reeves said, "city," and thought it was Saturday.