Driver stopped for driving 100 mph, arrested on two felony firearm charges


A 20-year-old South Bend man was arrested Thursday night on two felony weapons charges after initially being stopped by police for traveling 100 miles per hour on U.S. 20. A passenger was also taken into custody.

Arrested were Ankoma H. Kirk and Ladericka R. Banks, also 20, of Elkhart.

The La Porte County Sheriff’s Department said that, shortly before 10 p.m., Sgt. Jeff Wright was traveling eastbound on U.S. 20, approaching CR-450 East, when he observed a vehicle approaching him and traveling in excess of the posted speed limit. Wright activated his dash mounted radar unit and determined that the vehicle was traveling 100 miles per hour.

Wright made a traffic stop on the vehicle near the intersection of U.S. 20 and CR-350 East. The driver was identified as Kirk and the female passenger was identified as Banks. “As the traffic stop progressed, a loaded firearm was located within the passenger compartment of the vehicle. Kirk and Banks were taken into custody,” police said.

Kirk was transported to the La Porte County Jail, charged with the following:

*Felon in Possession of a Firearm (Level 5 Felony)
*Obliterating Identifying Marks on a Firearm (Level 5 Felony)
*Reckless Driving (C-Misdemeanor)
*Operating While Never Licensed (C-Misdemeanor)

Kirk is being held on a $15,005.00 cash-only bond through Superior Court I.

Banks was arrested and transported to the jail, charged with ABC violation (minor consumption of alcohol), C-Misdemeanor. Banks was released on her own recognizance Friday afternoon.

Assisting in this matter were Captain Brian Piergalski, Deputy Jet Balenia and Deputy David Grimberg

Arrests and criminal charges are mere accusations. Every person is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

Ankoma H. Kirk


Ladericka R. Banks


One Response to “Driver stopped for driving 100 mph, arrested on two felony firearm charges”

  1. Beaker

    Jun 14. 2020

    Doesn’t say what the car was/is. Great free advertising for whom-ever.

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