Local charges are pending against a Medaryville woman accused of leading Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies on a high-speed chase when they tried to arrest her on a federal warrant. A deputy spotted a pickup truck driven Bernice Godina, 62, leaving a rural Medaryville residence late Tuesday morning, according to a news release from Sheriff Mike Gayer. The deputy tried to stop the vehicle, but Godnia reportedly fled west through rural Pulaski County. While driving, Godina was allegedly throwing money, drug paraphernalia and other items from the truck. The pursuit continued into Jasper County, where a Pulaski County deputy used stop sticks to flatten her tires. Godina continued to drive on the rim until her truck was forced off the road near the intersection of U.S. 231 and State Road 14. Deputies say she tossed a shotgun out the window as the truck was stopping. She was arrested without further incident and is jailed on a hold from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
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.