Portage, IN – A man was arrested Saturday in northern Indiana for driving over 100 mph. He told officers that he was desperately trying to make it to his own wedding. Though, in a formulaic summer romantic comedy, the cops would have been moved by the tale and offered a full police escort to his nuptials, in reality, they just arrested him and took him to jail.
The Times reports that Timothy N. Thompson, 23, of Valparaiso, was supposed to be married Saturday at 7 pm. Instead, Thompson was arrested for resisting law enforcement, criminal recklessness, and reckless driving. He was also cited for speeding and improper passing. Authorities said that Thompson drove erratically, switching lanes abruptly and nearly getting into a car wreck.
Police followed Thompson as he turned into the parking lot of Nativity of Our Savior Church on Willowcreek Road where he spun his Jeep Grand Cherokee into a “doughnut” and nearly tipped over. Three people, later identified as relatives, flailed their arms and yelled at him. He spun out in the parking lot, creating a thick blanket of smoke, reports the IndyStar.
Police stopped Thompson, who admitted to driving “about 90,” but added that he had his emergency lights on and used his horn to alert other drivers.
An officer walked away from the Jeep, which caused Thompson to jump back in and drive toward the church. Police stopped him yet again, and Thompson’s second excuse was somehow impossibly worse than the first.
“Oh, I thought you were done and I’m late for a party in Chicago,” he reportedly said. “It now means I have to drive really fast to get there.”
The story gets even better, if you can believe it. Thompson was actually released from jail that same day. This makes him the only individual I’ve ever reported on who managed to wind up back in jail mere hours after getting out and all because he was trying to get to the church on time. A note to Thompson’s fiancee: This just might be a sign from God.