LaGrange Police are looking for an unknown suspect who managed to elude them during a speeding stop.
Monday morning about 8:40 a.m., officers with the LaGrange Police Department attempted to make a traffic stop on a Buick Enclave for a speeding violation on Mooty Bridge Road.
After officers initiated a traffic stop with emergency lights and sirens, the vehicle refused to stop, accelerated to an extremely high rate of speed, and began pulling away from police who were already traveling 80 MPH.
After officers lost sight of the vehicle, police slowed and continued looking for the SUV in a non-emergency manner, following departmental police for low priority stops.
Police later spotted the same vehicle improperly passing a truck that was towing a boat over the double yellow line, while still driving extremely recklessly at a high rate of speed.
Officers then saw the vehicle had turned onto Hubbard Road, so they began checking the vehicles in driveways, knowing that Hubbard Road has no outlet.
The Buick was then seen attempting to turn around in a driveway, so officers blocked the vehicle and exited their patrol car, giving the driver verbal commands to stop.
The unidentified male driver then abandoned the Buick and fled into the woods. Officers gave chase, but ultimately lost the suspect in the woods.
Police later made contact with the registered owner at her workplace and she stated she did not know the real name of the male who had been driving her vehicle.
The female stated the unidentified male picked up her vehicle to do some work on it because he was a mechanic and she only knew him as “Big J.”
The female also denied knowing the name of the mechanic shop where “Big J” allegedly worked.
This incident is still under investigation by the La-Grange Police Department Criminal Investigation Section.
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