High-speed chase ends with crash, five arrests, marijuana seized
BY ERIN GUERRA Post-Tribune correspondent February 25, 2014 1:04PM
Porter County Police say Tyrell Bailey, 20, of Gary, admitted driving an Oldsmobile that led officers on a chase at speeds of up to 120 mph. | Provided
Updated: February 26, 2014 2:01AM
What began as a traffic stop led to a chase at up to 120 mph, a car crash, the arrest of five men, and the seizing of 47 baggies of marijuana plus two unregistered guns, one loaded with a high-capacity magazine.
During the arrests, one of the suspects was bitten in the back and a leg by a police canine, and another was stunned with a Taser, according to police. Their injuries and any sustained in the crash were not enough to prevent any of the suspects from being jailed, according to the police report.
At 3:10 p.m. Monday, a Porter County officer pulled behind a silver 2002 Oldsmobile Alero in the parking lot of Virk’s Mart, on U.S. 12 in the Pines.
According to police, the officer had clocked the car going 52 mph in a 40-mph zone. As the officer walked up to the car, however, the Alero took off south on Indiana 520, then west on U.S. 20.
Police said the driver of the Alero ignored red lights and stop signs, swerved around vehicles and crossed the center line to avoid multiple sets of stop sticks. After nearly striking a semi near U.S. 20 and County Road 450E, however, the driver slowed down and kept his speed between 80 and 100 mph. The driver, later identified as Tyrell Bailey, 20, of Gary, lost control at an intersection just east of I-94. The car spun 180 degrees and crashed against the concrete median.
The car’s five occupants ran south toward Shelton’s Fireworks Barn. They were captured about 3:20 p.m. by officers from multiple police departments but, according to the police report, “all refused to answer nearly every question aside from Tyrell Bailey admitting to driving the vehicle,” according to the police report.
In addition to the packaged marijuana, police reportedly found a jar containing another 28 grams of marijuana, a Glock-22 .40-caliber handgun with 31 rounds of ammunition, a Rossi .38-caliber revolver with five rounds, and seven cellphones. A total of $1,300 in cash was seized from all five suspects combined, police said.
The other four men in the vehicle are all Merrillville residents. They were identified as: Nathaniel Carter, 22; Calvin Tansil, 22; Breyon Watson, 19; and Alante Sharp, 20.
All five vehicle occupants are charged with felony dealing marijuana, felony possession of marijuana, and misdemeanor charges of resisting law enforcement and possession of a handgun without a permit.
Bailey also was charged with felony resisting law enforcement with a vehicle and maintaining a common nuisance, as well as misdemeanor reckless driving and leaving the scene of a crash.