Pickup stolen from auto shop, crashed through bay door

Police arrested a Portage guy late Wednesday following they mentioned he stole money and a pickup truck from a Portage automobile shop and drove the pickup as a result of the shop’s glass bay, main police on a pursuit that ended when the pickup flipped and arrived to rest upside down.

Danny Lee Slone, 49, is billed with a few felonies and seven misdemeanors from the incident, in accordance to on the internet court docket documents. The felony counts are burglary with a lethal weapon, auto theft and resisting legislation enforcement.

Misdemeanors include two counts related to operating while intoxicated two counts of failing to remain at the scene of an incident and one particular depend each of legal mischief hurt, theft and resisting legislation enforcement.

All around 10:16 p.m. Wednesday, Porter County Dispatch gained a connect with reporting a achievable car theft from Car or truck-X Tire and Vehicle, 6693 U.S. 6, in accordance to a news launch. The caller informed dispatch that the suspected car or truck was a crimson pickup truck traveling eastbound on U.S. 6.

A Portage police officer noticed a car matching that description traveling northbound on McCool Street near Squirrel Creek Avenue a few minutes later. The officer tried to end the motor vehicle at the intersection of Central Avenue but the auto failed to produce and rapidly accelerated, police claimed.

As the suspect’s car crossed over the railroad tracks just north of the intersection, it became airborne and landed somewhere around 150 ft north of the tracks. The motor vehicle then still left the east facet of the roadway in which it struck a phone pole and 4 mailboxes just before rolling onto its roof.

As the officer approached the flipped in excess of vehicle, the driver crawled out and began fleeing on foot. More police models responded to the location and founded a perimeter. A Portage Police K-9 officer was in a position to track and track down the suspect hiding underneath a pool deck in the backyard of a residence in the 2300 block of Niagara Road.

Slone was taken into custody without further more incident, law enforcement stated.

Other officers responded to the Auto-X and found out that the business had been burglarized and the pickup truck included in the pursuit was stolen from there.

Surveillance online video footage confirmed the suspect force entry to the organization prior to breaking into the dollars register thieving forex. The suspect then stole the crimson pickup truck that had been parked within the repair bay. The pickup was made use of to ram by way of the overhead bay door.

Police transported Slone to a nearby medical center for health-related evaluation due to the fact he was included in the crash ahead of transporting him to Porter County Jail.

Officers retraced the path of the motor vehicle pursuit and recovered numerous items of evidence relevant to the crack in at Auto-X together with the stolen forex.

The Portage Fire Division and the Porter County Sheriff’s Office assisted.