Cops: Tire tracks helped nab hit-and-run driver

2013-01-24T12:55:00Z 2013-01-25T11:06:05Z Cops: Tire tracks helped nab hit-and-run driverBob Kasarda, (219) 548-4345
January 24, 2013 12:55 pm  • 

VALPARAISO | Police said tire tracks led them to a hit-and-run driver early Thursday.

Police were called to the corner of Chicago Street and Arbordale Drive at 12:03 a.m. and found 12 mailboxes knocked to the ground from a vehicle crash.

The officers followed the tire tracks from the scene to 1304 Wood St., where they found Adam Rogala, 29, of that address. He was charged with a misdemeanor count of leaving the scene of a crash and cited him with failing to maintain auto insurance.

Rogala reportedly told police he was on his way home from his mother's house in Chesterton when he slid off the snow-covered road and struck the mailboxes and a stop sign. He said he called his mother for legal advice and the pair agreed he should leave the scene, police said. He said he believed his auto insurance had expired.

Rogala said he was just about to report the accident, but police pointed out that 30 minutes had passed since the crash and all the lights of the home were off when officers arrived.

A resident near the crash scene told police she has surveillance footage showing Rogala's vehicle striking the mailboxes and stop sign and him getting out to collect parts of his vehicle before leaving the scene.

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