Dyer man accused of drunken driving crash while avoiding police
By Erin Guerra Post-Tribune correspondent May 3, 2013 12:22PM
PORTER COUNTY -- As an allegedly drunk speeder tried to evade police early Friday, he reportedly caused a crash that broke his girlfriend’s ankle.
Shawn Flowers, 30, of Dyer, was arrested on three felony charges - resisting law enforcement with a vehicle, leaving the scene of a crash that caused an injury and drunken driving, and several misdemeanors, including disorderly conduct for screaming profanities in the Porter Regional Hospital emergency room.
At about 12:20 a.m., an officer on eastbound Indiana 130 saw a maroon car headed west at 81 miles per hour in a 35 mph zone near Clifford Road, just east of Valparaiso. The officer pursed the car, later found to be driven by Flowers, which slowed but did not stop for a red light at County Road 250W. Flowers then allegedly slammed on the brakes and made an abrupt U-turn near Speedmart, causing the officer to swerve to avoid crashing into him. Flowers made another U-turn near County Road 250W and attempted a third just east of Indiana 149; there, however, he cut in front of a Jeep Wranger that crashed into the passenger side of Flowers’s vehicle, police said.
The officer approached and saw the front-seat passenger, later identified as Flowers’s girlfriend, Carla Carravetta, 26, of South Haven, screaming and crying. Flowers ignored the officer’s orders and reportedly took off again despite deployed airbags, severe passenger-side damage and a wheel with a flat tire that cast sparks, police said. He eventually stopped back at Indiana 130 and Clifford Road.
The Jeep’s sole occupant was not injured.