Police: Driver going 100 mph didn’t want to be late for court

May 13, 2019

PORTER — A Michigan City man stopped for going over 100 mph on U.S. 20 in Porter County told an officer he was speeding because he had to get to court for another traffic citation, according to police.

Sirmikiheal Daequan Stalling was charged Wednesday with reckless driving and driving without ever having obtained a driver’s license, according to Porter Police. He was later released on bail from the Porter County Jail, according to the Porter County Sheriff’s Department.

According to a Porter Police report, an officer was westbound on U.S. 20 near Waverly Road when an orange Dodge Charger passed the squad car going faster than the posted speed of 50 mph, then speeded up to pass other vehicles.

The officer activated his radar unit and clocked the Charger at over 80 mph, then followed the car, which reached speeds of over 100 mph, according to the police report.

He activated his flashing lights near U.S. 20 and Beam Street, and the Charger immediately slowed and pulled over, the report said. The driver, identified as the 19-year-old Stalling, told the officer he did not have his license, but was speeding because he did not want to be late for a court hearing.

A computer check showed Stalling had never received a license, but had a previous conviction for driving without a license from March 2019, according to the report.

He was charged with another misdemeanor count of driving without a license, and a misdemeanor count of reckless driving, according to the sheriff’s department.

—From staff reports