Portage chase suspects apprehended

2014-06-23T16:21:00Z 2014-06-23T22:32:06Z Portage chase suspects apprehendedStan Maddux Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
June 23, 2014 4:21 pm  • 

LAPORTE | A Portage woman was chased by police Saturday at 100 miles per hour into LaPorte where efforts were made to flatten the tires on the fleeing vehicle.

Mona Thomas, 20, of 331 Jacobs Place, was arrested and charged with resisting law enforcement and other charges and received several tickets for driving violations like speeding and disregarding traffic signals.

Her passenger, Gary Norman, 18, also of Portage, was also taken into custody for underage drinking.

According to police, the two individuals were inside a car parked along Ind. 2 near Pinola early Saturday. Police said when Deputy Alex Ridlen approached the pair drove away and Ridlen pursued them.

After six miles, the pursuit reached the city limits of LaPorte where Thomas ran several red lights.

Police said they deployed Stop Sticks, which flattened at least one of her tires, but she kept going turning southbound on Tipton Street. Police said she then veered down several more neighborhood streets before stopping at Clement and Ridge streets near the Civic Auditorium.

According to police, Thomas explained they were at a party at an unknown location and stopped along Ind. 2 because of shards of glass in her face from a man at the party busting her windshield with a baseball bat.

The suspect broke the windshield during a fight with Norman, who was angered over the man flirting with Thomas at the party.

Thomas, who had not consumed alcohol, told officers she fled because, "I have high anxiety, and when I saw your lights I freaked out," police said.

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