Driver arrested after four-county chase
Post-Tribune staff report November 8, 2012 7:02PM
Michael Ostrowski | Provided photo~Sun-Times Media
Updated: December 10, 2012 6:28AM
HOBART — An Illinois man was arrested Thursday afternoon after leading police on a chase through four counties before he finally crashed in Lake County, according to a release from the Indiana State Police.
Starke County Master Trooper Mike Hemphill pulled Michael J. Ostrowski’s 1995 Mitsubishi station wagon over around 12:45 p.m. on U.S. 30 after he saw the car was going 90 mph in a 60 mph zone. Ostrowski, 29, of Loves Park, Ill., at first cooperated, telling Hemphill he didn’t have a driver’s license or any other identification and handed over a registration. However, as Hemphill was walking back to his car, he noticed Ostrowski throw something out the window. The officer then discovered that Ostrowski did have an ID card, but Ostrowski denied it was him.
That’s when he took off, according to the report.
Ostrowski fled west on U.S. 30 into LaPorte County, where the car evaded stop sticks that officers had placed on the road near U.S. 421. Porter County Sheriff’s police tried use stop sticks again, this time near County Road 450E, and blocked the road to other traffic.
However, the Mitsubishi drove over the median and into the eastbound lanes, driving in them for about a mile, before crossing back into the westbound lanes.
The car did hit a stop stick but kept moving. It finally broke down after another 13 miles near Indiana 51, and Porter County officers arrested Ostrowski on charges of possession of paraphernalia and resisting law enforcement. He was taken to the Porter County Jail.
Charges in Lake, LaPorte and Starke counties are also pending, according to the release.