HEBRON | A Chicago man was arrested Tuesday after a police pursuit that left the Hebron police chief in a ditch and ended with a crash on Interstate 65.
Demetrius Washington, 27, of Chicago, was charged in Porter County with theft and resisting law enforcement.
Hebron Police Chief Steven Sibbrell said his department was called Tuesday morning to investigate a suspicious vehicle parked on Marvin Gardens Avenue.
Sibbrell said he and Capt. Anthony Frencl checked on Washington and woman parked on the street, who told them they were waiting to look at an apartment. Police said the pair were allowed to leave.
About 30 minutes later, police received a call that the same man had taken a package delivered by FedEx off a woman’s porch.
Sibbrell said he knew the pair were from Chicago, so he drove north on U.S. 231 and caught up with them near Leroy. Sibbrell said the woman was driving and stopped for Sibbrell. Washington told him the package belonged to his girlfriend.
Sibbrell said when he took the package back to his car, Washington and woman switched places in the car and the man drove off.
Sibbrell pursued Washington, who darted in and out of traffic, Sibbrell said, reaching speeds of about 85 mph. He said Washington forced other drivers off the road.
When they reached the I-65 interchange, Sibbrell said Washington locked his brakes and made a U-turn. Sibbrell hit Washington’s car in the door and the two cars spun out.
Sibbrell said his car ended up in a ditch, but Washington was able to get on I-65 and headed northbound.
Sibbrell said Frencl, who was not far behind him, followed Washington onto I-65 and caught up with him.
Sibbrell said Washington tried to force Frencl off the road, also, but Washington ended up being pushed off the road.
Frencl and officers from Lake County took Washington and his girlfriend into custody at gunpoint.
Sibbrell said Washington was taken to Porter County Jail. In addition to the theft and resisting charges in Porter County, he will seek felony resisting law enforcement charges in Lake County.
Washington’s girlfriend was later released and not charged.
Sibbrell said it appears the pair had ordered a cellphone and had it shipped to a home on Marvin Gardens. The resident said they had not ordered a cellphone.
Sibbrell said the phone was apparently thrown from the vehicle, and was not found.
Sibbrell said he now has a sore back, and will be checked out Wednesday by a doctor. Frencl reported having a sore wrist and shoulder from his collision with Washington on I-65.
Each car sustained about $2,000 worth of damage.
Sibbrell said a bright spot of the morning was that good Samaritan stopped and pulled his police cruiser from the ditch.