'Smiling' woman sends troopers on high speed, 20 mile pursuit on Indiana Toll Road

ELKHART COUNTY, Ind. -- A New Jersey woman was arrested after leading Indiana State troopers on a lengthy, high speed pursuit Saturday afternoon.

According to Indiana State Police, on Feb. 16 at approximately 3:49 p.m., a trooper caught a red Honda HR-V traveling on the Indiana Toll Road near the 105 marker heading westbound at a high rate of speed, two miles west of the Middlebury exit.

The trooper activated emergency lights on his Dodge Charger to conduct a traffic stop near the 100 mile marker.

According to officials, it was after this that the Honda sped up to over 100 mph heading westbound.

After several miles, the trooper pulled alongside the Honda motioning for the driver to pull over, ISP says.

According to the press release, the motorist failed to pull over, smiling at the trooper while continuing to flee.

The release states after several more miles, the trooper pulled alongside the driver, who again smiled at the trooper and continued to flee.

The westbound pursuit came to an end after another trooper deployed stop sticks near the 81 mile marker.

The stop sticks deflated the front driver's side tire of the Honda in a safe manner where it came to a stop at the 80 mile marker.

The ‘smiling driver,’ 36-year-old Temple Jordan of Berlin, New Jersey, was transported to the Elkhart County Jail to face a preliminary charge of Resisting Law Enforcement, a Level 6 Felony and citations for driving on a suspended license and speed.

The St. Joseph County Police Department assisted Indiana State Troopers.

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