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Local Chase Ends in Gary

(La Porte County, IN) - A motor vehicle chase starting in La Porte County ended with a crash and the arrests of two individuals in Gary. Late Wednesday morning, a La Porte County Police officer attempted to stop a vehicle for moving violations on the Indiana Toll Road at the 48-mile marker.


The driver failed to stop and tried eluding officers from multiple agencies by existing and later reentering the Toll Road, police said. In Gary, the driver again veered off the Toll Road and collided with a utility pole in that city’s downtown.


The driver, Lontre Smith, 27, of Lauderhill, Florida fled on foot but was captured a short distance away, per the authorities. His passenger, Sian Gledhill, 30, of Phoenixville, Pennsylvania remained inside the vehicle.


They were later transported to the La Porte County Jail.


Smith was arrested for Resisting Law Enforcement, Operating while Intoxicated and Reckless Driving.


Police said Gledhill was being held for authorities in Pennsylvania on outstanding warrants related to fraud.

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