Police: LaPorte County man seriously injured in crash while leading officers on chase

A rural LaPorte County man was injured after investigators said he crashed his vehicle while being pursued by a LaPorte County Sheriff’s deputy.

It happened just after 1 a.m. on Friday, March 24 in the area of U.S. 421 an County Road 300 N when gthe deputy saw a vehicle that was traveling at a high rate of speed northbound on US 421 near I-94, according to a news release from the LaPorte County Sheriff’s Department.

The deputy was able catch up with the vehicle which was was traveling at speeds of more than 110 mph on westbound CR 400 N west of US 421. When the deputy activated his emergency lights and siren the vehicle refused to stop and increased speed as it traveled west, the news release stated.

The deputy lost site of the vehicle in the area of CR 200 S and County Line Road.

At around 1:15 a.m., sheriff’s deputies were notified that the vehicle was parked at the end of the driveway of a home in the 10000 west block of CR 200 S.

As the area was being checked,wreckage from the vehicle was found near CR 50 N on the west side of County Line Road. The vehicle, a Nissan 350 Z, was destroyed.

A police K helped find the suspect in a wooded area near the crash scene.

The driver, who appeared to be seriously injured, was identified as Blake Konkey-McCarty, 22, of rural LaPorte County.

Konkey-McCarty was airlifted to Memorial Hospital in South Bend for treatment.

A blood test taken from the driver at the hospital indicated a blood alcohol level of .08%. Deputy Smith also determined that Konkey-McCarty’s driver’s license was suspended, the news release stated.

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