An Elkhart man crashed a stolen vehicle on the Indiana Toll Road late Thursday night, flying airborn into a traffic sign and rolling the car into a rocky median, police said.
Joshua Gene Aaron, 35, allegedly told police he felt like he was in a “dream.”
The stolen 2014 Kia Soul met its demise on the westbound Interstate 80/90, at the 55.9 mile marker near the 3 North Service Plaza, according to Indiana State Police. Police said Aaron was driving at a high rate of speed when he tried to exit the toll road and enter the service plaza. The Kia went off the road and over a concrete curb before flying into a sign. The car then overturned and rolled into a gravel median between the gas pumps and plaza.
Indiana State Police took a report of the crash at 9:32 p.m. Thursday and Aaron gave police his brother's name and date of birth, which police said is identity deception, a Level 6 felony. Authorities said the Kia was stolen out of Elkhart County, and Aaron had 12 credit cards belonging to the owner of the Kia.
While toxicology results are pending, police say alcohol and/or drugs may have been a factor in the wreck.
Aaron was taken to South Bend Memorial Hospital, where police reported he was disturbing the other patients, and then transported to LaPorte County Jail. Aaron was ultimately charged with vehicle theft, unauthorized control of a motor vehicle, identity deception, theft of property, disorderly conduct and false informing.