Man who crashed stolen car: ‘It felt like a dream’
GALENA TWP. — Before being arrested Thursday night, an Elkhart man who crashed a stolen car on the Indiana Toll Road told police he thought it was all a dream.
About 9:30 p.m. Thursday, an Indiana State Police trooper responded to a single-vehicle vehicle crash on westbound I-80/90 near the Service Plaza in Galena Township, just north of Rolling Prairie.
The driver, later identified as 35-year-old Joshua Gene Aaron of Elkhart, told the trooper “he felt like he was in a dream,” according to state police.
Witnesses said the 2014 Kia Soul was driving at a high rate of speed when it attempted to exit the toll road and enter the 3 North Service Plaza, police said. The Kia went off the roadway, drove over a concrete curb, and went airborne into a traffic sign at the beginning of the plaza exit.
After hitting the sign, the Kia overturned and rolled into the gravel/rocky median between the gas pumps and service plaza, police said.
Aaron was taken to South Bend Memorial Hospital, where police said “he was unruly and disturbing other patients, even after he was asked to quiet himself down.”
Police later learned that the Kia had been reported stolen out of Elkhart County. Aaron was also found to be in possession of 12 credit cards belonging to the owner of the stolen car, police said.
Aaron was later released from the hospital and taken to the La Porte County Jail, where he was charged with felony counts of vehicle theft and theft of property; and misdemeanor counts of unauthorized control of a motor vehicle, disorderly conduct, and false informing, according to state police.
He originally gave police his brother’s name and birthdate, and was booked into jail under his brother’s name, ISP said. His brother later contacted police to resolve the matter, and Aaron was also charged with felony identity deception, according to ISP.
State police initially said alcohol or drugs may have been a factor in the crash, and Aaron was later charged with felony and misdemeanor counts of operating while intoxicated, according to the La Porte County Sheriff’s Department.
He remained in the La Porte County Jail as of Sunday afternoon on a $755 cash bond. No court date has been set.
—From staff reports