Merrillville girl in chase charged as adult

2013-04-26T15:03:00Z 2013-04-26T21:13:42Z Merrillville girl in chase charged as adultStan Maddux Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
April 26, 2013 3:03 pm  • 

LAPORTE | A 16-year-old Merrillville girl found with a gun following a 15-mile police chase on Interstate 94 is being charged as an adult.

Dolores Smith was arraigned Friday in Laporte Circuit Court on charges of aiding, inducing or causing burglary and dangerous possession of a firearm.

According to court documents, Smith on Thursday rode to a house outside LaPorte with her boyfriend, a 17-year-old from Gary.

She and her boyfriend were chased at more than 100 miles per hour after burglarizing the home until crashing into the back of a tanker truck at the Lake-Porter county line.

According to courtroom officials, the boy's case remains in juvenile court, but could be waived into adult court later at some point during the legal proceedings.

Smith's case was automatically waived into adult court because she allegedly had a gun on her possession, according to courtroom officials.

Under Indiana law, any juvenile caught with a gun has the firearm related charge and any other offenses leading up to the discovery of the gun directly waived out of juvenile court, according to courtroom officials.

Smith was being held in the LaPorte County Jail on $2,500 cash bond. She could face up to a 20-year sentence on just the burglary charge.

A 17-year-old boy from LaPorte is also charged as a juvenile for his alleged role as a lookout for the burglary.

Court documents revealed that the two boys knew each other from being previously housed at a juvenile center in South Bend.

Police said electronic items were recovered from the getaway vehicle after the chase ended.

The Gary boy ran from the vehicle but was apprehended following a short foot pursuit, said police.

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