Road rage incident leads to arrest


A man who was initially taken into custody early Wednesday on various charges that followed an initial report of a road rage incident now also faces a false identity charge after giving police a fake name.

The La Porte County Sheriff Office said that Deputy Dan Kesling was dispatched to the area of U.S. 20 and U.S. 35 at around 1:30 a.m., after a female reported that a white pickup truck was attempting to force her vehicle off the roadway while she was traveling along I-94. The deputy saw a pickup truck matching the description leave I-94 and drive onto U.S. 20, traveling eastbound at an excessive rate of speed.

Kesling followed the pickup truck. When the officer attempted to make a traffic stop, however, the truck failed to stop and Kesling began a pursuit. The chase continued eastbound along U.S. 20 to the dogbone interchange. The truck exited at the interchange and began to travel west on State Road 2.

Near the intersection of State Road 2 and CR-150 East, a set of tire deflation devices were set up. Police said the driver of the truck ran over the tire deflation devices and began to quickly slow down while passing through the Fail Road intersection.

The pickup truck slowed to a stop on State Road 2 near Whitehead Road. For several minutes, the driver was ordered to exit the pickup truck. However, the driver refused and “a chemical agent was introduced into the interior of the pickup truck,” police said. Shortly thereafter, the driver exited and was taken into custody.

The driver initially identified himself as Paco Libra and he was taken to the La Porte County Jail on the following offenses:

Resisting Law Enforcement, Level 6 Felony
Criminal Recklessness, Level 6 Felony
Resisting Law Enforcement, Class A-Misdemeanor
Operating While Never Licensed, C-Misdemeanor

However, police later learned that the driver was actually 38-year-old Jose Zavala, wanted by Wheeling, Ill. authorities on a nation-wide domestic battery warrant. Zavala is now facing an additional charge of False Identity Statement, a Class A-Misdemeanor.

He is being held on a $755.00 cash bond through La Porte Circuit Court.

Assisting in the case were Captain Andy Hynek, Sergeant James D. Arnold, Deputy William Masterson, La Porte Police Department and La Porte County EMS.

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

5 Responses to “Road rage incident leads to arrest”

  1. Robert

    Jun 18. 2020

    In the first place he’s wanted on a nation-wide domestic battery warrant, then falsely identified himself after allegedly 2 level 6 felonies and 2 misdemeanors and its only a $755 bond? UNREAL!!!He bonds out the chase continues……

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  2. lawman

    Jun 18. 2020

    at least there was a bond. places like NY and CA are doing away with it because it is discriminatory towards the poor. locals call it ”catch and release” some have been booked and released 3 times in a 24 hr period. they hand you a court appearance date and you walk out the door.

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  3. Ray

    Jun 18. 2020

    Not surprising for our Laporte Judicial System.

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  4. Suzanne

    Jun 19. 2020

    $755 bond? Ridiculous!

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  5. deb

    Jun 20. 2020

    AND……….. .I continue to shake my head .

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