Car crashes after high-speed chase in LaPorte, St. Joe counties

Nov. 28, 2017, LaPorte County Sheriff’s Office press release:

Deputies from the LaPorte County Sheriff’s Office were involved in a pursuit Tuesday evening, Nov. 28, 2017, through two counties that ended with the fleeing vehicle crashing.


Deputy Andrew Hahn initiated a traffic stop on U.S. 20 near Ind. 39 shortly before 7 p.m. The vehicle, a cream-colored 2002 Lincoln, failed to stop and accelerated to a high rate eastbound on U.S. 20. The vehicle continued east, reaching speeds well in excess of 100 miles per hour. The pursuit continued on Ind. 2 east of the U.S. 20 junction; Hahn reported that the suspect vehicle reached speeds of 130 miles per hours as it left LaPorte County and continued into St. Joseph County.

When the suspect vehicle attempted a right turn onto Tulip Road in St. Joseph County, it failed to make the turn and crashed. The driver fled on foot. Hahn, who is a K-9 handler, gave chase with his K-9 “Hokie” and after approximately 75 yards, Hokie knocked the suspect down and bit him on the upper left shoulder; the suspect was taken into custody without further incident.

The driver was identified as 35-year-old Shane Inghels of Mishawaka, IN. Inghels was found to be wanted on an outstanding warrant for level 6 felony Possession of a Syringe in St. Joseph County, IN. Inghels faces additional charges of resisting law enforcement, reckless driving and criminal recklessness.

A 20-year-old female who was a passenger in the fleeing vehicle was pregnant and as a precaution, was transported to South Bend Memorial.

Inghels was transported to LaPorte Hospital to be medically cleared before being lodged in the LaPorte County Jail.

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