Lake Co. man flees cops, crashes in Porter Co.

2013-05-03T17:30:00Z 2013-05-04T00:36:12Z Lake Co. man flees cops, crashes in Porter Co.Times Staff nwitimes.com
May 03, 2013 5:30 pm  • 

UNION TOWNSHIP | A Lake County man was arrested Friday after allegedly failing to stop for police and causing an accident as he fled.

Police said the man was drunk at the time of his arrest.

Shawn Flowers, 30, with addresses in Dyer and Griffith, was arrested and charged with resisting law enforcement, leaving the scene of an injury accident, operating while intoxicated, disorderly conduct and reckless driving.

Just after midnight Friday, an officer tried to stop Flowers for driving 81 mph in a 35 mph zone near Ind. 130 and Ind. 149.

According to police, Flowers ignored a red light at the intersection, then made several U-turns. On his third U-turn, Flowers allegedly struck a Jeep.

Flowers' car came to a rest facing east, with the airbag deployed and a flat tire, police said.

The officer got out of his car and ordered Flowers to put his hands in the air. Police said Flowers then sped off.

After checking on the condition of the driver of the Jeep, who was not injured, the officer followed Flowers, who stopped at Clifford Road.

Police said Flowers appeared intoxicated and was taken to Porter Regional Hospital where he allegedly screamed expletives.

Police said Flowers allegedly continued to yell expletives after being told there was a young girl in the next room.

Police received a warrant to draw Flowers' blood and had to restrain him during the procedure.

Police said he had a blood alcohol concentration of .115, nearly one and a half times the legal limit. 

Police said a passenger in Flowers' car suffered a broken ankle.

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