Valparaiso Police Department
Police Traffic Stop Leads to Chase—Ends Safely
The Valparaiso Police initiated a traffic stop today, on eastbound I-94, while working criminal interdiction on local highways that lead to a vehicle pursuit. The vehicle, occupied by four subjects, was discovered to be reported stolen out of Elkhart, IN shortly after the traffic stop began. The vehicle continued to evade police as it traveled from I-94, taking U.S. HWY 421 to State Road 2 in Valparaiso. At this time, the vehicle stopped and the occupants fled on foot in the area of Cain Dr. and Engle Dr. , which is just east of Eastport Centre Dr. Four subjects were taken into custody on charges of Resisting Law Enforcement, including Andrew Sanner, 18, of Elkhart. The other three suspects are juveniles. During this encounter, the local schools, consisting of Ivy Tech, Little U Academy, and Victory Christian Academy were placed on lock down as officers took the suspects into custody. Washington Township School buses were also diverted from the area during this time. The Valparaiso Police Department thanks our local education facilities for their cooperation as ensuring their safety is always a priority. The investigation remains on-going.