Driver Leads Police on Chase in NW Indiana, Nearly Hits Worker in Construction Zone

The chase ended Monday morning after Valparaiso police deflated the driver's tires

Police in Northwest Indiana arrested a woman on Monday morning after she led officers on a chase and nearly hit a construction worker at a roundabout, police said.

At around 7:44 a.m., police in Valparaiso were called to check on a woman whose vehicle was parked on the sidewalk of a roundabout that was under construction on Sturdy Road, according to the Valparaiso Police Department. 

As officers approached the woman, she entered her vehicle, drove through a construction zone, and nearly hit a worker before stopping. The driver, identified as Karen Wagner, didn't comply with officers, and then drove away once again. 

Wagner went into oncoming lanes of traffic, yards and along sidewalks as she evaded officers, police said.

The chase ended approximately three miles away after officers deflated the vehicle's tires. Wagner was taken to the Porter County Jail on preliminary charges of resisting law enforcement, criminal recklessness and reckless driving.

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