Suspect in custody in Porter County hit-and-run that injured a minor, police say

VALPARAISO — Porter County police said Thursday morning they have a suspect in custody in Wednesday night’s hit-and-run crash that injured a minor.

The driver’s identity has not been released, but police have released a photo of the vehicle believed to have been involved in the crash.

“Wow, man. What a scene. You can’t make up what we see here on any given day,” said Hobart Patrol Officer Tommie Tatum.

Jerry Davis, The Times


The quick capture is attributed by the department to “the perseverance and hard work of our Patrol Division afternoon and midnight shifts.”

The driver of the 2016-19 Hyundai Elantra struck a minor on a bicycle around 4:38 p.m. Wednesday on County Road 700 North in western Ind. 149, Porter County Police Sgt. Benjamin McFalls originally said.

The vehicle then fled, he said.

“The juvenile is in stable condition,” McFalls said.

The department released two photos of parts of the vehicle left over from the accident and appealed for the public’s help in identifying the driver.

According to the police, the vehicle sought has damage to the front passenger side.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the police dispatch at 219-477-3000.

“More details will be available when the report goes public on Monday,” McFalls said.

“Have a great day with your families and enjoy every moment.”

Gallery: Recent Arrests Reserved at Porter County Jail

Jason Wojtyska

Date of arrest: November 13, 2022

Age: 41

Residence: Hebron, IN

Booking number: 2204537

Charges: Domestic battery, crime

Adam Mohl





Date of arrest: November 16, 2022

Age: 35

Residence: Valparaiso, IN

Booking number: 2204582

Charges: Residential entrance, crime

Ariel Brewer





Date of arrest: November 13, 2022

Age: 41

Residence: LaPorte, IN

Booking number: 2204531

Charges: OWI, felony

Steven Top





Date of arrest: November 14, 2022

Age: 32

Residence: Valparaiso, IN

Booking number: 2204542

Charges: traffic repeat offender, crime

Alejandro Quijano





Date of arrest: November 14, 2022

Age: 36

Residence: Lake Station, IN

Booking number: 2204547

Charges: Criminal unconsciousness, crime

Jessenia Tribble





Date of arrest: November 11, 2022

Age: 25

Residence: Carrying, IN

Booking number: 2204505

Charges: OWI, misdemeanor

Desiree Staples





Date of arrest: November 12, 2022

Age: 23

Residence: Valparaiso, IN

Booking number: 2204521

Charges: Strangulation, crime

Gilbert Torrez





Date of arrest: November 16, 2022

Age: 41

Residence: Michigan City, IN

Booking number: 2204572

Charges: Possession of methamphetamine, crime

Ryan Flannery





Date of arrest: November 13, 2022

Age: 51

Residence: Chicago, IL

Booking number: 2204534

Charges: OWI, misdemeanor

Cole Schatz





Date of arrest: November 14, 2022

Age: 19

Residence: Carrying, IN

Booking number: 2204548

Charges: OWI, misdemeanor

Stephan Blush





Date of arrest: November 11, 2022

Age: 34

Residence: Valparaiso, IN

Booking number: 2204513

Charges: Domestic battery, crime

Jennifer Easthope





Date of arrest: November 16, 2022

Age: 52

Residence: Saint John, IN

Booking number: 2204579

Charges: OWI, misdemeanor

Marc Higginbotham





Date of arrest: November 11, 2022

Age: 33

Residence: Michigan City, IN

Booking number: 2204506

Charges: OWI, misdemeanor

Christopher Herdon





Date of arrest: November 13, 2022

Age: 27

Residence: Michigan City, IN

Booking number: 2204530

Charges: OWI, misdemeanor

Davina Toliver





Date of arrest: November 12, 2022

Age: 41

Residence: Indianapolis, Indiana

Booking number: 2204523

Charges: Methamphetamine possession, felony

Eric Hecker Jr.





Date of arrest: November 15, 2022

Age: 38

Residence: Valparaiso, IN

Booking number: 2204563

Charges: OWI, felony

Roy Adkisson





Date of arrest: November 12, 2022

Age: 43

Residence: Carrying, IN

Booking number: 2204520

Charges: battery, crime

Jawan Highley





Date of arrest: November 16, 2022

Age: 25

Residence: South Holland, IN

Booking number: 2204581

Charges: Domestic battery, crime

Ilija Labovic





Date of arrest: November 11, 2022

Age: 30

Residence: Valparaiso, IN

Booking number: 2204511

Charges: OWI, misdemeanor

Michael Swayne





Date of arrest: November 13, 2022

Age: 31

Residence: Merrillville, IN

Booking number: 2204529

Charges: OWI, misdemeanor

Lee Howard Jr.





Date of arrest: November 12, 2022

Age: 25

Residence: Hammond, IN

Booking number: 2204517

Charges: OWI, misdemeanor

Christopher Mercado





Date of arrest: November 11, 2022

Age: 25

Residence: Hobart, IN

Booking number: 2204503

Charges: Residential entrance, crime

Luke McCormick





Date of arrest: November 14, 2022

Age: 29

Residence: Carrying, IN

Booking number: 2204541

Charges: OWI, misdemeanor

Levi Krusza





Date of arrest: November 12, 2022

Age: 29

Residence: Gary, IN

Booking number: 2204518

Charges: Ppossession Legend drug or precursor, crime

Pedro Galarza III





Date of arrest: November 16, 2022

Age: 45

Residence: Carrying, IN

Booking number: 2204569

Charges: Strangulation, crime

Frank Beyer





Date of arrest: November 13, 2022

Age: 36

Residence: Carrying, IN

Booking number: 2204532

Charges: Domestic battery, crime

Amanda Mai





Date of arrest: November 16, 2022

Age: 30

Residence: Valparaiso, IN

Booking number: 2204580

Charges: battery, misdemeanor

Ramon Bridges





Date of arrest: November 14, 2022

Age: 38

Residence: Gary, IN

Booking number: 2204545

Charges: OWI, felony

Spencer Brumfield Jr.





Date of arrest: November 15, 2022

Age: 57

Residence: Chesterton, IN

Booking number: 2204561

Charges: Ppossession of cocaine or a narcotic, crime

Jessica Miller





Date of arrest: November 14, 2022

Age: 31

Residence: Valparaiso, IN

Booking number: 2204539

Charges: Domestic battery, crime

Reese’s Cognac





Date of arrest: November 11, 2022

Age: 39

Residence: LaPorte, IN

Booking number: 2204502

Charges: Methamphetamine possession, felony

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