February 17, 2014

Pair arrested after 2-county pursuit

Pursuit ended in Cass County with two arrests.

From staff reports

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An attempt to stop a speeding vehicle turned into a two-county pursuit that ended in Cass County with two arrests.

At about 3:25 a.m. Saturday, Indiana State Police Trooper Ben Reason clocked a 2005 Hyundai car traveling 66 mph in a 55-mph zone on Ind. 25 near 500 South in Fulton County, according to police.

The trooper stopped the vehicle near 600 South. The driver did not possess any identification and provided Reason with false identifiers, according to police. The driver was later identified as Misty Renee Griffin, 29, Michigan City, police report.

While the trooper was confirming the provided information and waiting for assisting officers, Griffin left the scene and drove southbound on Ind. 25 at speeds near 80 mph, according to police reports.

A 7-minute chase ensued, with the Hyundai being stopped by stop sticks deployed by Cass County Sheriff’s Deputy John O’Connor near Ind. 25 and 350 North in Cass County. Officers took Griffin into custody without further incident.

A male passenger identified as Rogelio Felipe Pedro, 42, Logansport, refused to follow officers’ commands to show his hands and exit the Hyundai, according to police reports. Police say Pedro forcibly resisted O’Connor when he attempted to take him out of the car. The passenger was eventually handcuffed and arrested.

Griffin is incarcerated in Fulton County Jail on felony charges for resisting law enforcement with a vehicle, criminal recklessness, and identity deception. She also faces a misdemeanor charge for failure to identify. She is wanted on two felony warrants issued out of LaPorte County. Pedro was incarcerated in the Fulton County Jail on a charge of resisting law enforcement.