LaPorte County Teenagers Arrested after Burglary, Pursuit Incident

LaPorte County Sheriff's Department
LaPorte County Sheriff’s Office

LaPorte County officers arrested three Gary teenagers after a burglary and pursuit incident in LaPorte.

Shortly before 10:00 a.m. Thursday morning, officers from the LaPorte County Sheriff’s Office were notified of a residential burglary in progress in the 1200 north block of Goldring Road. The vehicle was then observed fleeing the area. Officers from the Michigan City Police Department saw the vehicle driving erratically along County Road 400 north near U.S. 421. The vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed and a pursuit began. The driver refused to stop and went onto Highway 94 and continued traveling at high speed.

The driver continued west to the LaPorte/Porter County line where the vehicle crashed into a tractor-trailer and came to a stop. The driver fled on foot, but was soon taken into custody. The passenger was taken into custody without incident.

The male driver, 17, was arrested on preliminary charges of Burglary, a Class B Felony, and two counts of Resisting Law Enforcement as a Class D Felony and as a Class A misdemeanor. The 16-year-old female passenger was arrested on a preliminary felony charge of Burglary, and a misdemeanor charge of Dangerous Possession of a Firearm. Another 17-year-old was charged with Aiding, Causing and Inducing a Crime (Burglary), a Class B Felony.

The Burns Harbor Police Department and Troopers from the Indiana State Police assisted in this incident. The LaPorte County Metro Operations Unit and detectives from the sheriff’s office continue to analyze evidence in this case.