PORTAGE | Two teens suspected of burglarizing a home outside LaPorte led police on a 100-mile per hour chase on Interstate 94 until a crash led to their capture Thursday at the Lake/Porter county line.
A third teen was later apprehended at his home for his alleged role in the burglary.
The names of the suspects were not being released because they were under 18, LaPorte County Sheriff's Department Maj. John Boyd said.
The 17-year-old driver is from Gary and his passenger, a 16-year-old girl, is from Merrillville, police said.
The third suspect, a 17-year-old boy who was not in the fleeing car, is from LaPorte County.
According to LaPorte County authorities, officers received a call about 10 a.m. from a resident who suspected a burglary was occurring at a home in the 1200 block of North Goldring Road.
Michigan City Police Department Cpl. Mike Elkins was first to spot their silver Chevrolet Monte Carlo and Deputy Andy Hynek confirmed the license plate number was similar to the one given by the caller. Hynek attempted a traffic stop at U.S. 421 and Interstate 94 when the chase began.
Hynek and Deputy Brian Crail pursued the driver who maintained speeds at more than 100 miles per hour while frequently swerving, police said.
Units from Indiana State Police and Burns Harbor were at the weigh station outside Chesterton and joined the chase, which proceeded at one point through a construction zone.
Hynek said he was on the bumper of the fleeing car attempting a maneuver to stop the suspects when again the driver swerved and lost control.
The driver's side of the fleeing car struck the back end of a tanker truck at the county line and stopped in the middle of the westbound lanes.
"The car was pretty much totaled," Hynek said.
The driver climbed out and fled on foot but was apprehended by Hynek after a short chase.
The girl remained in the vehicle and had a gun but never threatened to use it. She was arrested without incident, police said.
Hynek said it's believed electronic items were taken in the burglary.
The driver and his passenger were each charged with Class B felony burglary while the third suspect was booked on Class B felony aiding, inducing or causing a burglary.
The driver was also charged with resisting law enforcement while a charge of dangerous possession of a firearm was leveled against the girl, police said.