Police chase ends in LP County cornfield

December 31, 2018

HESSTON – A man wanted for car theft in Indianapolis was captured following a car chase when he crashed into a cornfield in northern La Porte County, according to police.

About 2 p.m. on Dec. 22, the La Porte County Sheriff’s Department was notified that a vehicle pursuit that started in Michigan had entered La Porte County, and officers responded to the area of CR-300E and CR-800N, just south of Hesston.

When officers arrived, the suspect, identified as 27-year-old Ronald Glen White of Charlevoix, Michigan, was being taken into custody by Baroda-Lake Police officers, a report from the sheriff’s department said.

White had a bloody face and was limping, so La Porte County EMS was contacted, the report said.

White’s vehicle was resting in the cornfield against an earthen railroad embankment in the 7600 North block of CR-300E.

County police learned that White was unlicensed and had an active warrant charging auto theft out of Marion County, so he was taken into custody of La Porte County, police said.

The Baroda-Lake officer said a second warrant charging resisting law enforcement by flight would be pursued in Michigan.

EMS arrived and checked the injuries White suffered in the crash, as he was complaining of head and chest pains, and transported him to La Porte Hospital.

According to the report, White told officers that the vehicle malfunctioned during the pursuit, causing him to veer into the cornfield, where he “baja’d” through two ditches and struck his head and face on the windshield twice.

X-rays and CAT scans were performed, and it was found that White had “several skull fractures, a spinal fracture, a broken bone in his nose and was bleeding in the cerebellum region of his brain,” the report said.

He was later transferred to South Bend Memorial Hospital to be examined by a neurosurgeon.

Due to the severity of his injuries and the length of time he would be hospitalized, the sheriff’s office contacted the Marion County Sheriff’s Department, informed them of his location, and told them he was no longer in custody.

Court records show the no-bond warrant, charging auto theft, had been active since August 2017 after White failed to appear in court on charges originally filed in February 2017.

—From staff reports

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