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Ongoing Search for Man in Chase

(La Porte County, IN) - Police are still looking for a driver who got away near Michigan City after a more than 20-mile high-speed chase.


According to Indiana State Police, the Friday afternoon chase on the Indiana Toll Road began in St. Joseph County after the driver was clocked at 90 miles per hour.


Trooper Paul Arnold said he made the traffic stop, but after pulling onto the shoulder, the driver soon fled at speeds topping 110 miles per hour. The pursuit ended near the Johnson Road overpass after a tire on the fleeing vehicle was flattened with stop sticks by a La Porte County Sheriff’s Deputy.


After getting out of the vehicle, Arnold said the driver jumped over a barbed-wire fence and managed to get away. Several officers formed a perimeter around the area where the suspect was last seen to try and find him. A K-9 dog was also used to try and track the suspect, who was not seen again.


A female passenger in the vehicle, Jasmine Powell, also ran toward the fence but decided not to try and jump over it. She was arrested for possession of marijuana and held on several outstanding warrants out of Illinois for identity theft.


Arnold said the driver, whose name was not released, also had outstanding warrants out of Illinois for similar crimes.

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