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Wrong Way Pursuits Ends Safely

(La Porte County, IN) - La Porte County Police arrested a driver who led them on a pursuit in the opposite lanes of U.S. 30 this morning.  Lena Miller, 57, of Valparaiso was booked into the La Porte County Jail for resisting law enforcement.


Originally, an officer encountered Miller parked on the shoulder in the area of U.S. 30 and Indiana 39 earlier in the night.  She had run out of gas and exhibited no signs of being impaired.  Later, the officer recognized the same vehicle traveling eastbound in the westbound lanes of U.S. 30 near 450 West.  The vehicle was traveling directly toward the officer, who swerved to avoid a head-on collision.


During the pursuit, Miller remained in the opposite lanes while traveling about 45 to 50 miles hour and nearly causing several collisions, police said.  They reported three of her tires were flattened with stop sticks near 100 West but she kept going into Starke County until officers boxed her in and forced her to slow down until coming to a stop.


Miller said she was looking for her son but failed to provid specifics.  She then began making statements that did not make any sense, according to police.


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