LaPorte Man Arrested After Pursuit


A LaPorte man was arrested Tuesday after a brief vehicle pursuit with police in downtown LaPorte.

LaPorte officers attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a vehicle driven by 23-year-old Stephen Murphy as he nearly collided head-on with a marked police vehicle by going the wrong way on a one-way street.

When the officer initiated the traffic stop, Murphy’s car accelerated and led police on a pursuit that went through the downtown area. Murphy disregarded several stop lights along the pursuit.

When Murphy approached the intersection of Fox Street and A Street, he jumped out of the car and started running. Police followed on foot and quickly took Murphy into custody.

A woman in the car was released at the scene.

Murphy was arrested on preliminary charges of Resisting Law Enforcement as both a Class D felony and Class A misdemeanor, plus a misdemeanor charge of Reckless Driving.