MIDDLEBURY Elkhart man arrested following vehicle pursuit

A vehicle pursuit ended when the suspect's car plunged into a pond early Monday morning.
Posted on April 1, 2013 at 1:00 a.m.

An Elkhart man was arrested following a vehicle pursuit that started in Middlebury early Monday morning, April 1.

Police arrested Arturo Vasquez Oviedo, 19, of Elkhart. Vasquez Oviedo was driving a gray 2006 Mustang south on C.R.17. A Middlebury police officer saw the car just north of C.R. 45 going 98 mph in a 55 mph zone, according to a press release from the Middlebury Police Department.

The officer tried to catch up with the vehicle and make a traffic stop, but Vasquez Oviedo did not stop.

The car went through Brookside Manor Mobile Home Park and onto Old C.R. 17, heading north. The car left the roadway just north of S.R. 119, driving through a fence and down an embankment before driving onto the edge of a pond in the field, according to the release.

The driver and a passenger got out of the car and ran, but they were apprehended by Goshen police officers, who had been called to aid Middlebury police.

Vasquez Oviedo had a breath alcohol content of .19 percent, and over the legal limit of .08 percent.

The passenger in the car, Geobanny Ortega, 18, was not arrested. Vasquez Oviedo was arrested on preliminary charges of resisting law enforcement, reckless driving, operating while intoxicated, illegal consumption of an alcoholic beverage and driving while having a suspended license. He was booked at the Elkhart County Jail on a $10,000 bond.


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