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Late for a wedding, Valpo man caught going 100 mph

Timothy Thomps| Provided photo~Sun-Times Media

Timothy Thompson | Provided photo~Sun-Times Media

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Updated: January 12, 2013 6:13AM



PORTAGE — A man who claimed to be late for his wedding was arrested after allegedly going about 100 mph in a 40 mph zone around 5:40 p.m. Saturday on Willowcreek Road. At one point, his Jeep tipped up on two wheels.

Police said Timothy Thompson, 23, of Valparaiso, also stopped traffic in both directions on Willowcreek by abruptly switching from the left-turn lane to continue straight north on the highway at Stone Avenue.

He later attempted to justify his driving, police said, by saying he was late for his wedding and by turning on his emergency flashers and honking his horn.

The first officer to spot Thompson’s black 1999 Jeep Cherokee was unable to lock his radar on the vehicle as he turned around to pursue the vehicle, but he estimated its speed at approximately 100 mph. Thompson admitted to going 90, police said.

Thompson stopped in the parking lot of Nativity of Our Savior Church, at 2949 Willowcreek Road, but only after doing two doughnuts in the parking lot, sending up a thick blanket of tire “smoke,” police said.

After speaking briefly with the officer he ignored police commands by getting back into his Jeep to move it to the church’s front door — where police blocked his vehicle — his defense changed.

“Oh, I thought you were done and I’m late for a party in Chicago. It now means I have to drive really fast to get there,” Thompson allegedly told officers.

Thompson, who had been released from jail earlier in the day for narcotics offenses, was arrested and held without bond at Porter County Jail.

He is charged with one felony, fleeing law enforcement with a vehicle; and two misdemeanors, criminal recklessness and reckless driving. He was ticketed for speeding and improper passing.



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