VALPARAISO — A 22-year-old man faces multiple charges after allegedly leading police on a high-speed chase and then fleeing into the local Walmart store where he attempted to ditch a handgun in the bathroom, according to the incident report.
Porter County police said they first encountered Kolin Burgess, of Kouts, around 10:30 a.m. Saturday after finding him passed out behind the wheel of his vehicle on northbound Sturdy Road at U.S. 30.
After being awoke by an officer and instructed to pull over, Burgess fled eastbound on U.S. 30, south on Strongbow Centre Drive and east on Penna Hill Drive at such a high speed that police were barely able to keep sight of his vehicle.
Burgess was then seen fleeing on foot into Walmart and an officer took him into custody as he left the store bathroom, police said.
Burgess said he fled because he knew he had warrants out for his arrest, police said. A warrant was discovered from Porter County on allegations of driving while suspended and leaving the scene of an accident and he has a warrant from LaPorte County for an alleged probation violation on a charge of dealing methamphetamine, police said.
Police received an anonymous tip that Burgess was seen placing a handgun in the garbage can in the Walmart bathroom under the plastic garbage bag, the report says. Police said they recovered a Taurus G2C 9mm handgun.
Police also learned Burgess had crashed into another vehicle on Strongbow Centre Drive while fleeing from officers.
He faces a felony count of resisting law enforcement and misdemeanor counts of driving while suspended with a prior conviction and possessing a handgun without a permit.