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police crash church service

Monday, January 06, 2020 15:22 PM
Written by Stan Maddux
Category: Local News


A Michigan City woman crashed a church service in her bid to allude police who hauled her away in handcuffs.

Ashley Arndt, 26, is charged in La Porte Circuit Court with two counts of auto theft and theft of a firearm, all level 6 felonies, and Class A misdemeanor resisting law enforcement.

According to court documents, Arndt on December 29 fled from a La Porte County Police Officer trying to stop her in a stolen Toyota Camry.

The officer lost sight of her but soon located the unoccupied car near St. John Kanty Catholic Church on 600 East near Rolling Prairie, police said.

Assisting officers were arriving when Arndt was spotted going inside the church.

Liam Hobbs, attending the service with his wife and eight children, said he wasn't sure what to think when he first saw the woman ''bolting across in front of the altar.''

He said several police officers just seconds later stormed into the sanctuary and chased her downstairs.

''It took us all by surprise,'' Hobbs said.

According to court documents, Arndt was out on bond for stealing a 2004 Chevy Tahoe belonging to a Chicago police officer November 10 outside LaPorte.

The officer on medical leave was allowing her to stay at his house to try and get off drugs when she took off with his keys, gun and badge, police said.

Police said Arndt and two other individuals was arrested the next day in Kendallville when stopped in the stolen SUV.

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