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2 charged with fleeing LaGrange police checkpoint

Public Safety Reports

By Melanie Ruberti

mruberti@civitasmedia.com

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Two people found themselves in handcuffs Saturday night when LaGrange police said they eluded a safety check point about 10:45 p.m. Saturday and fled from officers.

The check point was set up at the intersection of Polk and Handley streets.

According to police, a female driving a red 2012 Toyota Camry turned right on Polk Street and kept going, despite officers telling her to stop the car.

One officer managed to catch up to her in his patrol car on Polk near Lindsey streets, the police report states.

Police said a passenger inside the Camry jumped out and took off on foot. He was later captured by other officers.

The woman told police she drove away from the safety check point because the male told her to keep going and she was scared. She also claimed not to know the passenger and was just giving him a ride, the report states.

The driver was arrested and charged with fleeing and attempting to elude law enforcement, both misdemeanors.

Officers said when she arrived at the jail, deputies also found a bag of marijuana on her and she was also charged with marijuana possession.

The male was charged with fleeing and attempting to elude law enforcement and obstruction.

Stolen dirt bike

A man returning to his home about 9 a.m. Saturday and noticed someone broke into his locked storage shed in the 700 block of Murphy Avenue and stole a dirt bike.

The dirt bike was described as red and white Honda with different colored handlebars, red wheels and the number 5 on the front.

It was valued at $2,200.

Stolen gun

A homeowner told police he believed someone stole his handgun out of his nightstand while he hosted a party at his home Saturday in the 200 block of Bell Street.

The man described the gun to officers as a black Taurus model 85 .38 special revolver.

The weapon was valued at $340.

All information in this report is gathered from official law enforcement and public safety reports and releases. It is the policy of the Daily News to list the names of people charged with felonies.

Melanie Ruberti is a reporter at LaGrange Daily News. She may be reached at 706-884-7311.