Man arrested in wrong-way, high-speed chase through region

2012-11-08T19:00:00Z 2012-11-09T12:21:04Z Man arrested in wrong-way, high-speed chase through regionTimes Staff
November 08, 2012 7:00 pm  • 

A police chase from Starke County through LaPorte and Porter counties on U.S. 30 that reached speeds of 80 mph, at times going west in the eastbound lanes, ended with officers taking a suspect into custody in Hobart, police said.

The chase began when an Indiana State Police trooper clocked a 1995 Mitsubishi at 90 mph in a 60 mph zone about 12:45 p.m. on U.S. 35, according to an ISP news release.

The driver of the vehicle, Michael J. Ostrowski, stopped for the trooper but said he didn't have any identification on him and denied being the owner of the car.

The trooper noticed a wallet sitting in Ostrowski's lap and asked to see it. When he looked through the wallet, he found an Illinois identification card with Ostrowski's photograph and information on it.

Ostrowski, 28, of Loves Park, Ill., denied it was him and drove away, the release states.

About a mile east of U.S. 421, a LaPorte County deputy used a tire-deflating device without successfully stopping the car. The device also was used as Ostrowski crossed into Porter County at County Road 450 East. Ostrowski tried to avoid it by going the wrong way down U.S. 30, police said.

One of the tires on Ostrowski's vehicle hit the device, but he kept driving, police said.

Larry LaFlower, spokesman for the Porter County Sheriff's Department, said the pursuit ended shortly after 1 p.m. at U.S. 30 and Ind. 51 in Hobart when the car broke down.

Ostrowski was taken to the Porter County Jail where he was charged with possession of paraphernalia and resisting law enforcement. Charges in Starke, LaPorte and Lake counties are pending, according to ISP.

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