VALPARAISO — The generosity of a local judge ran out Tuesday when a Gary woman failed to turn herself in at Porter County Jail after twice being given additional time to first get her affairs in order.
Hakimah Qualls, 35, who had to be picked up on a warrant, was brought to back to court, where she was resentenced by Porter Superior Court Judge Roger Bradford to twice the amount of time behind bars.
Qualls "has shown disdain for this court's order and for failing to surrender herself to the Porter County Jail after given numerous opportunities to do so," the resentencing order stated.
Qualls, whose attorney withdrew from the case, made a failed attempt Tuesday to delay sentencing long enough for her to hire another lawyer. She also failed to convince Bradford to move the case out of his courtroom.
Qualls was sentenced in February to three years behind bars, to be followed by three years on probation, on charges of escape, battery to a police officer and driving while intoxicated, according to court records.
Bradford gave her a week to surrender herself to jail by March 5, according to court records. He then extended that period to noon March 12, but she failed to show up as ordered.
The judge issued a bench warrant, and she was later picked up.
Porter County Deputy Prosecutor Christopher Hammer filed a motion seeking to have Qualls resentenced.
"Qualls has shown repeated disdain for court authority and willingness to comply with court orders and repeated indicators that defendant is a flight risk," he said.
The underlying charges in the case stem back to Sept. 19, 2015, when Qualls was picked up for drunken driving along U.S. 12 in the town of Porter, according to court records.
She was further accused of biting the same police officer on the arm and pinching the officer's leg during the early morning hours of Sept. 20, 2015. The escape charge is from the same day.