Chase ends in high-speed pursuit, arrest

By Mitch Merriwether | Former Police Department Clerk (Ret.)

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Near white-out conditions had nothing to do with an incident that occurred this week. (Desperation Photo Archives)

A Bass Lake-area man led police on a high-speed chase Sunday from Nearbytown nearly to the Michiana border, said police today.

Squad-car officers responded to a report of a middle-aged white male wearing a seed-corn cap driving at a high rate of speed, after possibly having been drinking, a witness said, on Cross-County Street Road around 2:45 p.m.

Police observed the vehicle as it sped through a stop sign, struck another car (nobody in that car was injured) and then continued on up the road.

Authorities followed and joined the chase.

Finally, the car was stopped near a farm on Stateline Avenue, where 54-year-old Peterson L. Montrose was arrested. Montrose was not the driver of the car involved in the pursuit, but instead was apprehended at the scene in connection with an unrelated incident that occurred around midnight last Tuesday in another jurisdiction.

The driver of the vehicle connected to the high-speed chase escaped on foot, and is still at large. The vehicle he was driving, dark blue in color, was towed to a nearby lcation.

Investigation continues, according to Michiana Highway Control.

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