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Police Vehicle Crash Investigation Completed

(La Porte, IN) - Police have completed their investigation of a collision between a car and law enforcement vehicle responding to a call in La Porte.  There were no serious injuries in the crash, which occurred about 5 p.m. on Monday.


According to police, La Porte Police Officer Alexander Mendoza, 27, was south bound on Andrew Avenue with his lights and sirens activated.  Police said he slowed down to less than 10 mph while approaching a red light at Indiana 2 on the city’s west side.  He proceeded into the intersection after noticing other vehicles stopping.


The officer then spotted one vehicle not slowing or stopping and took evasive measures to prevent a collision but was not able to avoid the westbound car, police said.  Police said the other driver, Jacob Burdine, 30, of LaPorte explained he heard the siren and looked for a police vehicle but his view was obstructed by a building at one of the corners of the intersection.


Burdine complained of pain to his chest while his passenger, Nicole Mathas, 30, complained of pain to her upper leg and hip.  Police said they refused medical attention.


The officer was not injured, police said.  Both of the vehicles were towed.

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