Man accused of running from traffic stop

ST. JOSEPH COUNTY, Ind. – A man was arrested on Tuesday after allegedly running away from a traffic stop along S.R. 933, Indiana State Police announced.

At 6:45 p.m., a trooper saw a gray Chevrolet Cobalt traveling south on S.R. 933 with what appeared to be an altered expiration date on a temporary license plate.

The trooper stopped the Cobalt near Cowles Avenue.

The driver identified himself verbally but could not give the trooper a driver’s license or identification card, according to reports.

When the trooper went back to his police car to try to identify the driver, the driver allegedly ran away from the traffic stop, reports said.

The trooper followed the driver but soon lost him as he made his way east on Cowles Avenue.

The trooper returned to his police car and later determined that the temporary license plate had expired in March 2021, according to reports.

A short time later, the trooper found the driver walking around the corner from behind a building.

When the driver saw the trooper pull into the parking lot, he stopped and was safely taken into custody.

The driver was identified as 24-year-old Victor Hampton-Givan of South Bend.

Hampton-Givan was found to have four active warrants out of Elkhart County.

He was arrested for the active warrants as well as for the charges of resisting arrest, false identity statement, and operating a vehicle without ever receiving a license.

Hampton-Givan was taken to the St. Joseph County Jail.

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