Racer arrested again in LaPorte

2013-05-09T19:00:00Z 2013-05-10T00:03:55Z Racer arrested again in LaPorteStan Maddux Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
May 09, 2013 7:00 pm  • 

LAPORTE | A once-rising star in racing midget and sprint cars is in legal trouble again.

Austin Woodham, 19, was arrested Wednesday in LaPorte on allegations of shoplifting.

According to police, Woodham was stopped by store security at Al's Supermarket at 1340 W. Ind. 2.

In each hand was a six pack of rum and vodka drinks, said police.

Security escorted Woodham to a store office where he soon hopped the wall and ran out the doors.

Officer Brian Phillips happened to see Woodham exit the store and hop into the passenger seat of a pick up truck soon pulled the vehicle over at Miller and F streets.

Woodham told officers he fled because he was scared.

He was booked into the LaPorte County Jail on charges of Class D felony theft and Class C misdemeanor minor in possession of alcohol.

In 2011, Woodham was charged with battery and disorderly conduct for making sexual remarks toward a female classmate and getting into a physical altercation with a man coming to the girl's defense on a school bus.

Woodham has state championships and national titles on his resume and in 2006 signed with Rising Star Driving Development out of Chicago.

In 2005, he joined fellow Hoosier Ryan Newman in being inducted into the Quarter Midget Hall of Fame.

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