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Charges Filed in 25 Mile Chase

(La Porte County, IN) - A La Porte man is facing prison time for allegedly leading police on a high speed chase across the county.  Jerris Pezzuto, 21, is charged in La Porte Circuit Court with six counts, including level 6 felony resisting law enforcement and level 5 felony criminal confinement.


According to police, officers waited outside a home on Kingsporte Lane Thursday night to arrest Pezzuto on an outstanding warrant.  He soon left the residence and officers tried making a traffic stop of his Dodge van. 


However, police said Pezzuto had other ideas.  He fled at high speeds on A Street, southbound on U.S. 35, then westbound on U.S. 6, before leading police southbound on U.S. 421, running past numerous stop signs and traffic lights. 


Eventually, the 100 mile-per-hour pursuit wound up in LaCrosse, where he drove into a field and fled on foot. According to court documents, after running for about 30 yards, Pezzuto threw his hands up in the air and laid down leading to his apprehension by authorities.


Pezzuto is accused of holding a woman against her will by not allowing her out of the vehicle during the chase, despite her repeated demands.

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