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Man flees police in Valpo, ditches gun in Walmart bathroom, report says

Man flees police in Valpo, ditches gun in Walmart bathroom, report says

Kolin Burgess

Kolin Burgess

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.

Go on patrol with Aaron Crawford, a Cpl. with the Lowell Police Department, as he speaks about joining the force, DUI enforcement grants, and police Jiu-jitsu training.

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.


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Porter/LaPorte County Courts and Social Justice Reporter

Bob is a 23-year veteran of The Times. He covers county government and courts in Porter County, federal courts, police news and regional issues. He also created the Vegan in the Region blog, is an Indiana University grad and lifelong region resident.

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