UNION TOWNSHIP | A 19-year-old Valparaiso man faces charges of leading authorities on a high-speed chase Sunday which resulted in a crash that ejected him hard enough to separate him from his shoes and one sock.
Nicholas Lamm, of 1021 Madison St., faces a felony count of resisting law enforcement, and lesser counts of drunk driving and reckless driving.
A Porter County Sheriff's officer reported he saw Lamm disregard a red traffic light and then he continued north on County Road 250 West at Ind. 130.
As he pursued the vehicle with his sirens and lights, the officer said Lamm accelerated to 100 mph, slowed to turn west on County Road 500 North and returned to the high speeds. Lamm reportedly continued across Ind. 149 where his vehicle went airborne, left the road to the south and then sheered a telephone pole, eventually striking a tree.
The officer said when he approached the crash scene, he found Lamm lying on his back next to the tree he had struck. As emergency officials treated Lamm, he reportedly said, "I had way too much to drink."
Lamm was left in the care and custody of Porter Regional Hospital.