Two people arrested following high speed multi-county pursuit along toll road

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(Photo supplied/LaPorte County Jail)

It was around 11:15 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 18, when a deputy was traveling westbound on the Indiana Toll Road near the 48-mile marker NS came upon a vehicle traveling westbound in the passing lane and traveling below the posted speed limit.

As the deputy closed the distance, the vehicle swerved into the driving lane, and then abruptly swerved back into the passing lane. The speed of the vehicle increased above the posted speed limit.

In the area of the 46-mile marker the deputy attempted to initiate a traffic stop. The vehicle failed to stop triggering a motor vehicle pursuit.

The vehicle attempted to elude deputies and personnel from multiple assisting agencies by exiting and eventually reentering the Indiana Toll Road mainline and continuing westbound.

The pursuit continued into Lake County before eventually exiting in Gary.

The vehicle collided with a broken utility pole at the intersection of Washington and 8th Streets in Gary.

The driver exited the vehicle and fled on foot. He was captured by Gary Police Department personnel a short distance away.

The driver was identified as Lontre A. Smith, 27, of Lauderhill, Florida.

Smith’s passenger, who had remained with the vehicle, was identified as Sian Gledhill, 30, of Phoenixville, Pennsylvania.

The two were transported to an area hospital for medical clearance and, after being cleared, were transported to the LaPorte County Jail

Smith was arrested for the following offenses:
• Resisting Law Enforcement, L6 Felony
• Operating While Intoxicated, C-Misdemeanor
• Reckless Driving, C-Misdemeanor

Deputies determined Gledhill was a wanted person by authorities in Chester County Pennsylvania for five active arrest warrants for fraud related offenses.
Smith remains housed in the LaPorte County Jail and is being held on a $755 cash-only bond through Circuit Court.

Gledhill remains housed in the LCJ and is being held without bond while awaiting extradition back to Pennsylvania.

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