October 25, 2017-A Valparaiso woman is in custody after police say she hit a marked squad car and fled the scene. Police say no one was injured in the incident which occurred on October 24 at 7:12 p.m. “Yesterday evening, (7:12pm), a Valparaiso Police car was struck by another vehicle on US 30 at State Road 49. The vehicles pulled to the roadway shoulder immediately after crash. The officer approached the motorist that had struck his vehicle and the female driver speed off EB on US 30. The officer pursued the vehicle with it’s emergency equipment activated. The vehicle pursuit continued to the 4200 block of Murvihill Road. The vehicle again came to a stop and when officers approached the vehicle, a second time, the female motorist fled again in the vehicle” according to the report.
Police say the pursuit then went back onto westbound US 30 where Porter County Sheriff’s Deputies assisted. Stop sticks were utilized and officers ultimately stopped the vehicle at US 30 and Comford Road. “The female subject identified as Sarah Matern 57 yrs old of Valparaiso was taken into custody. Matern displayed signs of impairment and was taken to Valparaiso Medical Center for testing. She was eventually transported to Porter County Jail and held on charges of; Leaving the Scene of a Crash, Fleeing in a Motor Vehicle and Operating a Vehicle while Intoxicated.”
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