The Porter County prosecutor’s office has dropped a felony fleeing charge filed against a Portage woman who drove less than a mile to lighted parking lot before pulling over for a traffic stop last month.
“At the time of the arrest, the officer had probable cause to support the filing of criminal charges,” Porter County Prosecutor Brian Gensel said in a prepared statement.
“Upon review of the circumstances of the incident as well as information learned after the incident, it was determined that a dismissal of the charges was in the best interests of justice,” he said.
The motorist, DelRea Good, was relieved by the news, but said she will remain concerned until the incident is completely removed from her record.
She fears the dismissal could show up during a background check and hurt her if she seeks a new nursing job.
The entire incident, including the arrest and treatment by the police officer, has also left her afraid to drive.