Police: 2 arrested, 1 tased during alleged drunken driving traffic stop in Hebron

Taylor A. Thomas, left, and Zakary R. Torkelson

HEBRON — Police said they had to use a Taser to subdue a Crown Point woman who was pulled over Saturday night for alleged drunken driving. 

Taylor A. Thomas, 22, faces charges of operating while under the influence, resisting law enforcement and reckless driving, according to a news release from the Hebron Police Department. 

Police say Thomas was observed speeding and crossing the center line at about 12:30 a.m. Saturday near 100 S. 725 West in Hebron just east of the Lake of the Four Seasons subdivision.

When police attempted to pull her over, Thomas allegedly pulled into a parking lot and tried to turn around, but the officer blocked her from exiting with his squad car, a police report states. 

Backup was requested as Thomas' passenger, Zakary R. Torkelson, 24, of Hebron, tried to run from police. He was arrested for resisting law enforcement and public intoxication, records show. 

Taylor allegedly exited her car and "became combative with officers," prompting officers to deploy a taser until she was subdued, the police report states. 

Both were arrested and taken to the Porter County Jail.

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Lauren covers breaking news, crime and courts for The Times. She previously worked at The Herald-News in Joliet covering government, public policy, and the region’s heroin epidemic. She holds a master’s degree in Public Affairs Reporting.