A Miami, Fla. man’s erratic driving got the attention of police in LaPorte Friday afternoon and ultimately led to his arrest for possession of stolen property when they discovered the Chevrolet Blazer he was driving was stolen. Officers stopped Oscar Elias-Ramirez, 47, stopped in the 600 block of Jackson Street after he reportedly cut off two separate vehicles while changing lanes. The New York license plates on the Blazer were expired and came back registered to another vehicle, according to the police report. Officers checked the Blazer’s VIN and confirmed it had been stolen in Miami. Elias-Ramirez was also found to never have been licensed. Drug dogs were brought in to search the vehicle. They indicated the presence of drug odors, but no narcotics were found inside the vehicle. Officers did reportedly discover several hidden compartments where drugs and money are often concealed.
Written by Mary Perren
WKVI News Director Mary Perren is glad to be back home in northern Indiana and on the radio. She’s a North Judson native with more than 20 years of news experience. She’s worked in print and radio news in Indianapolis, Hopkinsville, Ky., Nashville, Tenn. and most recently in Winamac before taking over as news director for Kankakee Valley Broadcasting in February of 2013. Her work has been honored by the Associated Press, StateNets News Association, Curb Foundation, Hoosier State Press Association and IBA. When she’s not sitting in the anchor chair or chasing down news, Mary enjoys shopping for antiques, attending concerts and taking long walks and rides in her vintage Saab convertible, weather permitting. She’s also a hopelessly devoted Chicago Cubs fanatic who still cringes at the mention of Steve Garvey and Josh Beckett and maintains it wasn’t Steve Bartman’s fault.