Man leads deputy on chase, slides off highway



Tuesday morning’s challenging winter driving conditions weren’t enough for one motorist, who led county deputies on a chase through west La Porte before being arrested.

At about 6:30 a.m., Deputy Bobby Greer was traveling west on J Street/Ind. 2 when he saw a vehicle leaving a business and preparing to turn onto J Street. The car turned right into the path of Greer’s squad car, causing Greer to hit the brakes to avoid hitting the car.

He followed the car, which was sliding around on the street. Near the intersection of 6th and J, the car went to the right and passed another vehicle. At Ind. 2 and K Street, Greer tried to stop the car but it sped up and kept going.

Greer chased the car down West Ind. 2. After the car went through the stoplight at Andrew Avenue, Greer stopped chasing the car at high speed but kept following it. As the car entered the curve on Ind. 2 at 18th Street, it spun out of control and went off the highway.

The driver, Timothy J. Thomas, 59, of La Porte, then got out of the car and Greer apprehended him. Thomas was charged with Resisting Law Enforcement (Level 6 Felony) and Aggressive Driving (Class A Misdemeanor). He was being held in La Porte County Jail on a $755 cash-only bond.

Assisting were Deputies Justin Phillips and Alex Clemons.

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