‘Smiling’ driver jailed after 20-mile Toll Road chase

February 17, 2019

A New Jersey driver who smiled twice at her pursuer was arrested Saturday after she led Indiana State Police on a 20-mile Toll Road chase in Elkhart and St. Joseph counties, state police said today.

Temple Jordan, 36, of Berlin, New Jersey, preliminarily was charged with felony resisting law enforcement and was cited for speed and for driving on a suspended license, state police said in a statement. She was taken to the Elkhart County Jail, they said.

Shortly before 4 p.m., police said, a state police trooper saw a red Honda HR-V traveling west on the Toll Road at a high rate of speed near the 105-mile marker, about two miles west of the Middlebury exit.

The trooper caught up with the Honda near the 100-mile marker and tried to make a traffic stop, but the Honda sped up to more than 100 mph, police said.

On two occasions during the pursuit, police said, the trooper pulled next to the Honda to motion for the driver to pull over, and the driver looked at the trooper and smiled at him as she continued to flee.

Police said a second trooper successfully deployed stop sticks near the 81-mile marker, safely deflating the Honda’s front driver’s-side tire, and the Honda came to a stop near the 80-mile marker. Jordan was taken into custody.