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Details Unveiled in Chase/Manhunt

(La Porte County, IN) - Evidence shows a chase and manhunt in La Porte County on January 13 involved a possible drug dealer in a vehicle reported stolen from Chicago.


Michael Munson, 30, of Grand Rapids, Michigan fled police from Portage on Interstate 94 and during the eastbound pursuit sometimes traveled on the shoulder at high speeds, according to authorities.


Officers from outside jurisdictions discontinued the pursuit as it approached Michigan City.


However, Michigan City Police officer Michael Oberle with help from Trail Creek Town Marshal Steve Dick resumed the chase, which veered onto U.S. 20 and then County Road 525 West.


After the vehicle crashed in the area with hills and curvy roads, police said Munson and one other individual fled on foot.  Officers formed a perimeter to close in on the suspects and also used a drone and K-9 dog in the search.


Officer Oberle ran across 525 West in his foot chase and encountered Munson near a residence on 500 North.  Munson seemed tempted to start running again but complied with orders and was handcuffed without incident, police said.


The second person, Samuel Lopez also of Grand Rapids, was taken into custody as well.


According to court documents, evidence of possible dealing drugs along with $855 in cash was allegedly recovered from Munson, who was on parole from Kent County, Michigan.

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