Police: Teen flipped Pontiac on U.S. 30

2013-04-15T18:15:00Z 2013-04-15T19:13:06Z Police: Teen flipped Pontiac on U.S. 30Stan Maddux Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
April 15, 2013 6:15 pm  • 

WANATAH | Five people were hurt when a Valparaiso teenager's car overturned while traveling about 100 mph on U.S. 30 near Wanatah, police said.

The car slid upside down in the westbound lanes for more than 200 yards before coming to rest in a ditch, according to LaPorte County police.

Shortly before 11 a.m. Saturday, a 17-year-old boy and four friends  were eastbound when the car crossed into the grassy median and rolled over in the westbound lanes near LaPorte County Road 900 West.

The 1999 Pontiac Grand Am came to rest on all four tires in a ditch, police said.

The driver told officers he swerved to avoid a deer, but nobody else in the vehicle reported seeing any animal, police said.

One of the passengers said the driver cranked up the volume on the radio and expressed a desire to see how fast the car would go, police said.

Two of the passengers said they saw the speedometer reach 100 mph when he lost control of the car, police said.

The driver suffered abrasions to his arm, police said.

Four other teens in the car, all of LaPorte and Porter counties, complained of pain to various areas of their bodies, police said.

All five had on seat belts, police said.

LaPorte County police Maj. John Boyd said no citations were issued because there was not enough proof on exactly how fast the car was traveling.

He said the driver didn't reveal his speed, and two of the passengers claimed they didn't know how fast they were traveling.

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