Crown Point man, 34, injured in high-speed pursuit
By Erin Guerra Post-Tribune correspondent January 22, 2013 11:20PM
Updated: February 24, 2013 6:26AM
Scott Conn, 34, of Crown Point, is hospitalized with a broken back after crashing while fleeing from police at speeds up to 110 mph Monday night, police said. His blood-alcohol content was reported at more than three times the legal limit.
A Porter County Sheriff’s Department officer first attempted to pull over Conn’s silver 2005 Pontiac G6 at about 10:10 p.m. for reportedly going 70 mph in a 50 mph zone on U.S. 6, east of South Haven. As the officer turned around to followed the eastbound car, Conn allegedly sped up and went through a red light at County Road 200W and passed several vehicles in an unsafe manner. As Conn’s vehicle continued to get farther ahead, the pursing officer wrote in his report, he saw its brake lights and then lost site of the Pontiac as it rounded a curve just west of Mander Road. After seeing a cloud of smoke and what appeared to be tire debris, the officer found the Pontiac crashed into trees about 50 feet north of the highway.
Conn was sitting in the rear passenger seat of the car and was unable to get out of the vehicle. He initially said a friend had been driving and left on foot to get help, but he later said he had been the only person in the car, according to the police report.
He was admitted to Porter Regional Hospital.
Police are requesting a warrant for felony fleeing law enforcement with a vehicle and misdemeanors including reckless driving and drunken driving.