Groom arrested en route to wedding

Dec. 11, 2012 at 1:18 PM
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PORTAGE, Ind., Dec. 11 (UPI) -- Indiana police said a man arrested after driving erratically through traffic and stopping at a church told officers he was late for his wedding.

Portage police said Timothy Thompson, 23, was seen driving an estimated 100 mph in the center lane of a road around 6:30 p.m. Saturday and the motorist was seen switching lanes abruptly and nearly crashing the car before pulling into the parking lot of Nativity of Our Savior Church,, Munster, Ind., reported Tuesday.

Thompson told police he was late for his wedding and estimated he was driving "about 90 mph" in an effort to reach the church. He told officers he had been flashing his emergency lights and honking his horn to warn other drivers.

Police said Thompson got back into his car and drove toward the church entrance when an officer walked away from the vehicle.

"Oh, I thought you were done and I'm late for a party in Chicago," police quoted Thompson as saying. "It now means I have to drive really fast to get there."

Thompson was taken to Porter County Jail on charges of resisting law enforcement, criminal recklessness and reckless driving. He also received citations for speeding and improper passing.

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