LAPORTE | A 15-year-old boy caught driving drunk and fleeing police over a frozen swamp was hurt when the parked squad car he was sitting in was struck by a second accused drunk driver, according to authorities.
Police said the boy wound up going to the hospital after complaining of pain to his neck and being cut by flying glass from the back window shattering. The 2007 Dodge Charger squad car sustained $15,000 in damage.
The police vehicle was pushed forward -- striking a second 2013 Chevrolet Impala squad car, which sustained much less damage.
It all started about 4 a.m. Wednesday when police came upon a vehicle that slid off the road and got stuck in the snow on Pine Lake Avenue outside Red Carpet Liquors.
The boy got out and started running, police said.
Officers reported they tracked his footprints across the ice of a nearby swamp until catching the teenager on the other side near Cummings Lodge.
Police said the boy was in the backseat when a pickup truck approaching from behind slid off an icy curve and struck the rear of the squad car.
LaPorte Officer Victor Splix had to jump out of the way to avoid being struck by the pickup, police said.
The boy was taken to the hospital to be treated for his injuries and to blood alcohol content test which registered .17.
The other driver, Shane Thompson, 22, of LaPorte, was arrested with a similar alleged blood alcohol level.
A woman with Thompson told officers they were coming back from celebrating the New Year at a friend's house in Michigan City.
The boy was later transported to the juvenile services center to await the formal filing of charges, according to authorities.