Driver charged after high-speed chase

By Roscoe Timmins | Police/journalist liaison

A side-road involved this weekend in a high-speed pursuit.
A side-road involved this weekend in a high-speed pursuit.

A 39-year-old Bass Lake woman was arrested very, very early Saturday following a high-speed police pursuit through 1 1/2 counties.

According to reports, Bass Lake Authority Police attempted to stop a vehicle for expired plates and defective equipment on B Street near the intersection of Main Street Avenue.

The driver, allegedly known as 27-year-old Kymberlie Patron, did not stop the vehicle, and instead drove onto Out-on-the-Highway Road. Police followed.

About 15 minutes later, officers from Michiana Highway Control joined the pursuit. Patron turned south on Clarkston Road, reportedly reaching speeds in excess of 91 mph. then later veered west/northwest on West-Northwest Road, hung a right, then a sharp left onto Woodbine Road

At one point, the vehicle nearly struck a wild goose, police said.

Stop sticks were deployed. Those failed. More stop sticks were attempted, but Patron already had turned down another side road. A third attempt at stop sticks finally did the trick, disabling the vehicle.

Patron exited the car, and a short foot chase ensued, sometimes reaching speeds in excess of 5 mph. The suspect-motorist went into a wooded area, hit the ground and crawled on her hands and knees, before an off-duty K-9 officer subdued her.

Repeated requests to get the dog to bark were refused.

Patron was arrested for vehicular endangerment and a warrant for overdue parking fines. Police said alcohol was a factor in the parking tickets.

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