Driver arrested following pursuit now facing murder charges

LA PORTE COUNTY, Ind. -- A driver who was arrested in June after leading deputies on a pursuit through La Porte County has been charged with first degree murder in Illinois, according to the La Porte County Sheriff's Office.

On June 17, deputies arrested 38-year-old Jose Zavala following a pursuit that went through the northern part of the county.

When he was first taken into custody, he gave deputies a false name, according to reports.

Shortly after Zavala was arrested, deputies learned he was being sought in connection with a May 20, 2020 murder in Wheeling, Illinois.

Zavala has since been charged with first degree murder in Cook County, Illinois.

Zavala is in the La Porte County Jail until he is extradited to Illinois.

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