Valpo woman drives car onto train tracks, then attacks cops, nurses at hospital
By Erin Guerra Post-Tribune correspondent December 3, 2012 2:03PM
Jordan Jones | Provided photo~Sun-Times Media
Updated: December 3, 2012 9:26PM
CHESTERTON — Jordan Jones’ vehicle being struck by a train was far from the most eventful detail of her Sunday morning.
Before the 22-year-old rural Valparaiso woman was jailed, she had injured two police officers and a nurse, caused several people to be treated for potential blood borne pathogens, escaped from handcuffs, knocked herself unconscious and been taken to two separate emergency rooms.
Even though the blue-eyed blonde is a petite 5-feet 3-inches tall and weighs just 105 pounds, according to her arrest paperwork, police said it took eight people to restrain her so she could be sedated, to allow a doctor to put six stitches in her forehead.
Jones was drinking at the Upper Deck in Chesterton before becoming confused while driving north on Calumet Road. She told police she thought she was turning onto Broadway when she turned east onto the railroad tracks instead, and her yellow 2003 Pontiac Sunfire got stuck. She got out of the car to see why it was stuck, and Jones inadvertently locked herself out of the running vehicle, which was still in gear. She called Chesterton police at about 4:15 a.m., when she saw a train headed her way. The train struck the car’s rear passenger side quarter panel before police arrived, but Jones had moved far enough away that she was not hurt.
Jones failed field sobriety tests and agreed to a blood draw, conducted at about 6:30 a.m. at St. Anthony’s emergency room in Chesterton. When she learned her blood-alcohol level was 0.226 percent and she was under arrest for drunken driving, Jones reportedly began resisting officers and yelling at medical staff.
As officers moved Jones out of a wheelchair and into the back of a squad car, Jones kicked Cpl. Jamie Nale-Copollo in the jaw, making her head fly backwards into the car’s roof and door frame. Within a short time of being secured in the vehicle, Jones got out of her handcuffs, police said. Even after she was secured more firmly, Jones repeatedly bashed her head into the back seat cage until she knocked herself unconscious. Emergency Medical Services met the squad car along Indiana 49 to assist. When Jones woke, police said, she spit saliva and blood into officer Fernando Dominguez’s and paramedic Greg Adair’s faces.
She also reportedly bit Dominquez’s finger, puncturing his glove and breaking the skin. Taken to Porter Regional Hospital at about 7 a.m., Jones continued fighting, kicking a nurse in the crotch and stomach. Four nurses, two police officers, a hospital security officer and a doctor held her down to be restrained again after being moved from the ambulance’s gurney to a hospital bed.
Jones eventually was transported successfully to the Porter County Jail, where she awaits numerous charges: felony battery to a police officer, felony resisting law enforcement, felony battery by bodily waste to an officer, misdemeanor drunken driving, misdemeanor battery, misdemeanor criminal mischief and disorderly conduct.
Dominguez and Adair were treated for possible exposure to blood-borne pathogens. Nale-Copollo did not immediately seek treatment, despite visible injuries and a headache from Jones’s blow.